Government of Canada invests more than $7.3 million in research on oil spill response measures and the Coastal Environmental Baseline Program in Newfoundland and Labrador
“Scientific research is at the heart of the evidence-based decision-making we need to plan and carry out our important marine conservation work. The Multi-Partner Research Initiative and Coastal Environmental Baseline Program are bringing together the best researchers from across Canada and around the world to help protect and restore ocean ecosystems for this generation and as we face new challenges with a changing climate, while working in partnership with coastal communities.”
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“Today’s announcement is great news for coastal communities all around Newfoundland and Labrador. We’re pleased to join forces with our project partners through the Coastal Environmental Baseline Program and Multi-Partner Research Initiative. These vital partnerships will improve our scientific knowledge, advance our oil spill response measures, and develop new technologies. Together, they will help keep our oceans safe and clean for all those who depend on them now, and in to the future.”
The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services and Member of Parliament for St. John's South — Mount Pearl
"The MPRI program presents an exceptional opportunity to boost our research, train our students, expand our partnerships and grow our impacts in Canada and worldwide. Through these projects, we believe that our research will not only advance oil spill knowledge and response technologies but also provide important scientific evidence to support oil spill policy- and decision-making. The outcomes will also help our industry and government in achieving sustainable development goals and transitioning to a clean economy.”
Dr. Bing Chen, Director of Northern Persistent Organic Pollution Control Lab and Professor in Civil Engineering, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan is the largest investment ever made by the Government of Canada to ensure our coasts are healthier, safer and better protected.
The Multi-Partner Research Initiative is improving collaboration with oil response experts around the world, advancing oil spill research in Canada, and will help minimize the environmental impacts of oil spills.
The Coastal Environmental Baseline Program, part of Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan, is helping to collect wide-ranging scientific data in six marine ecosystems with high vessel traffic and coastline development.
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
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