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Diversity of a Lower St. Lawrence Estuary rock pool. Photo by Annie SéguinLaunched in 2008, the Canadian Healthy Oceans Network is a national research program and strategic partnership formed to unite university researchers with scientists and managers from Canada’s national resources agencies, - predominantly DFO – to provide new insights into marine biodiversity in Canada’s three oceans and to develop scientific guidelines for conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity resources.

CHONe is funded for 5 years by the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) as a Strategic Network, with complementary funding (cash, ship-time and in-kind)  by the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Natural Resources Canada, ArcticNet, Huntsman Ocean Sciences and the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Sabellid incubation. Photo credit: Heike Link

The Canadian Healthy Ocean’s Network is funded on the expectation of providing deliverables of direct use to policy and conservation in Canadian oceans, based on “biodiversity science for sustainable oceans”. It is deliberately broad in scientific and geographic scope because our outputs must flow from scientific discoveries on basic processes in the ocean to the implementation of well-defined policy and management that will have real and measurable impact on conservation and sustainable ocean use.


For documents summarizing CHONe and its research and outcomes - click here

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