About contaminants research funding


On March 29, 2021, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced $1,185,144 in funding for three contaminants research projects that will take place on the West Coast. Information about these projects including recipients, objectives, and funding amounts can be found in the table below.

This project was announced as part of a larger national announcement for a total $2,891,371 in funding over four years for contaminants research.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) supports external research on the biological effects of contaminants on aquatic organisms. Priority research areas include:

  • Microplastics
  • Oil and gas-related contaminants
  • Pesticides
  • Contaminants and issues of emerging concern

Learn more about contaminants and research projects funded through DFO Science.

Pacific Region research projects
Recipient Title Objective Funding Contribution
Simon Fraser University The effects of individual polyaromatic compounds and petroleum hydrocarbon mixtures on Pacific marine organisms A project to study several factors that affect how contaminants related to oil spills impact Pacific marine species including oysters sea urchins and herring.

2 years

Ocean Wise Investigating contaminant-related health effects in killer whales using omics A project to measure the levels of contaminants in southern resident killer whales and evaluate related health effects. $284,326
3 years
Ocean Wise Environmental Relevance of Microplastics in the Coastal Ocean: Strait of Georgia as a Case Study A project to study microplastics in the Salish Sea and examine the thresholds for negative impacts of microplastic textile fibres in the food web. $274,822
3 years
TOTAL $1,185,144
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