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Welcome to the Canadian Healthy Oceans Network website!

Chone infundibuliformis Kröyer, 1856  The Canadian Healthy Oceans Network, or 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 about 150 researchers from 14 universities across Canada, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and seven other government laboratories, to carry out thirty-five collaborative research projects in three interconnected themes.  



 CHONe's research in Canada's three oceans: the Pacific, the Arctic and the Atlantic, showing Discovery Corridors in white.  These locations are focal areas for biodiversity research.








 CHONe Themes

Marine Biodiversity

How many and what type of plants and animals live in our oceans and where do we find them?

Ecosystem Function

How do plants, animals and stressors influence how the marine environment works?

Population Connectivity

How are groups of animals connected? 

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