Protecting our marine and coastal areas from potential oil spills – Oceans Protection Plan

Backgrounder

Canada’s coasts are home to productive ecosystems that support the livelihoods of Indigenous and coastal communities. Under the Oceans Protection Plan, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is bringing together top researchers from across the country and around the world to increase our understanding of how oil spills behave, how best to contain them and clean them up, and how to minimize their environmental impacts.

The $45.5 million Multi-Partner Research Initiative is drawing on the knowledge and experience of oil spill experts in Canada and abroad. The initiative is supporting over 30 projects and will lead to new partnerships, improved knowledge and new technologies that will help raise awareness and mitigate the impacts of oil spills.

While most MPRI funding will go toward research initiatives in Canada such as the project at the Huntsman Marine Science Center, six international organizations also received investments for 12 projects under the Multi-Partner Research Initiative.

Projects announced so far include:



Recipient Name of project Funding amount
Huntsman Marine Science Centre
St. Andrews, New Brunswick
(Dr. Benjamin de Jourdan)
Essential aquatic toxicology data collection associated with alternative response measures $2,439,983
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Canberra, Australia
(Dr. Elisabeth Fulton)
Direct and indirect ecosystem responses to oil spills and options for interventions $204,101
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Canberra, Australia
(Dr. Pascal Craw)
Combined microbial sampler and physical sensor payload for rapid oil spill surveillance at depth $243,225
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland, USA
(Dr. Joseph Katz)
Effects of crude oil properties, dispersants and weathering on the breakup of plumes and slicks $760,000
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Newark, New Jersey, USA
(Dr. Michel C. Boufadel)
Oil droplet formation from underwater releases with and without the presence of gas at various dispersant-to-oil ratios – implications for herders and dispersant effectiveness when oil reaches the surface $749,800
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Newark, New Jersey, USA
(Dr. Michel C. Boufadel)
Capturing the behaviour of oil on the metre scale – oil convergence due to waterfronts and vertical advection $299,999
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Newark, New Jersey, USA
(Dr. Lin Zhao)
Impact of particle shape and hydrophobicity on the formation of oil particle aggregates – a combined experimental/numerical investigation leading to formation of a predictive model $556,025
SINTEF Ocean
Trondheim, Norway
(Per Daling)
Artificial energy by water flushing after dispersant treatment in calm seas or iced waters $45,000
SINTEF Ocean
Trondheim, Norway
(Per Daling)
Better characteristics of burned residues from field- and laboratory-generated onsite burning $110,000
SINTEF Ocean, Trondheim, Norway (Per Daling) Low sulphur fuels – a new generation of marine fuel oils $110,000
SINTEF Ocean
Trondheim, Norway
(Roman Netzer)
Assessing effectiveness of bio-based agents for oil spill treatment in Arctic and subarctic environments $40,000
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas, USA
(Dr. Scott A. Socolofsky)
Computer modeling to forecast risks, needs and challenges for responses to offshore oil spills $400,000
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA
(Dr. Collin Ward)
Quantifying the effect of oil photochemical oxidation on the performance of chemical herders in Canadian waters $637,666
Total: $6,595,799

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