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Canadian Healthy Oceans Network

Chone infundibuliformis Kröyer, 1856  Biodiversity Science for the Sustainability of Canada’s Three Oceans

The Canadian Healthy Oceans Network (CHONe; pronounced Ko-nee) is an NSERC strategic network focused on biodiversity science for the sustainability of Canada’s three oceans. CHONe, a marine worm that occurs in all of Canada’s three oceans is the equivalent of the canary in the coal mine: it indicates a healthy benthic habitat. The network includes ~150 researchers from 14 universities across Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and seven other government laboratories, to carry out 35 collaborative research projects in three interrelated research themes: Marine Biodiversity, Population Connectivity and Ecosystem Function in Atlantic, Pacific and the Arctic oceans from the intertidal to the deep ocean.  

The network's mandate is to provide deliverables that are useful to the formation of policy on the conservation of Canadian oceans; they include development of new tools, models, and decision frameworks, as well as new discoveries and the delivery of advisory reports, publications, presentations and other public awareness products.  

Find out more about the work of CHONe in its efforts to develop sustainable practices and policies for Canada’s oceans.

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