Fall 2016


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CFREF announcement – Ocean Frontier Institute, $93M

On September 6, the federal government announced a seven year, $93M investment for the Ocean Frontier Institute hosted at Dalhousie University.

The project will be led by Dalhousie University, UPEI and Memorial University. Funded through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, the OFI will bring together scientists, students and industry partners to focus on issues related to the world’s changing ocean climate.

Read more here

CFI funds Dalhousie MERIDIAN project

On September 15, the Government of Canada announced funding of more than $10M for research infrastructure through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Cyberinfrastructure Initiative competition and an additional $3M through the Infrastructure Operating Fund. Seven projects in six universities across the country will receive the funding, including Dalhousie’s MERIDIAN project.

Dalhousie’s Marine Environment Research Infrastructure for Data Integration (MERIDIAN) project received $1.8M in funding from the Cyber Infrastructure Initiative (CFI) competition. The Ocean Tracking Network is proud to partner with MERIDIAN, which will draw on data and expertise across Canada to better oceans stewardship. 

MERIDIAN is an initiative to construct a distributed data centre and provide data and expertise to both Canadian and international researchers.

Read the announcement here

CFI 20th anniversary: research builds my business community 

For its 20th anniversary celebration, CFI highlighted OTN’s role in supporting business innovation by sharing stories on how research is building communities across the country. Maritime bioLoggers and Baker Blue Ocean, two Nova Scotia businesses developed from the needs of OTN researchers for novel tags and securing research charters, were featured in a special CFI publication.

Read the story here

OTN selected as finalist for Canadian Museum of Nature’s 2016 Nature Inspiration AwardsThe Ocean Tracking Network is honoured to be selected as a finalist for the Canadian Museum of Nature’s 2016 Nature Inspiration Awards in the large non-for-profit category, along with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Program.

Finalists are invited to the gala event taking place at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, on November 9, 2016.

Best of luck to all finalists!

MEOPAR WHaLE and Canadian Wildlife Federation create an online whale tracking app

The MEOPAR WHaLe project has developed an online app with Canadian Wildlife Federation and other partners, which displays a near-real time map tracking whale movements in Atlantic waters. With the support of OTN and MEOPARgliders, the WHaLe project is instrumental in understanding whale movements and reducing whale strikes on shipping routes.

Check the app out here 

Technical Team Lead Richard Davis attends 7th EGO conference in Southampton, UK 

This September, Richard Davis, technical team lead for the OTN/MEOPAR glider team attended the 7th EGO Conference in Southampton, UK. The forum brought scientists, engineers, students and industry professionals together to discuss their experiences in the innovation of glider technology and share their knowledge in glider coordination.

Read Richard’s summary and view his poster presentation here

OTN Executive Director Fred Whoriskey receives nomination in Professional of Distinction category for 14th Annual Discovery Awards for Science, Technology and Innovation 

This year marks the 14th Annual Discovery Awards, which recognize Nova Scotian individuals and companies for their international work in the fields of science and technology.

Dr. Fred Whoriskey has been nominated for theProfessional of Distinction category, which recognizes individuals who are role models and leaders in innovation and inspire others to choose science as a career. Award winners will be announced on November 17. Best of luck to all nominees!

Read more on the Discovery Awards here

Globalizing collaboration in aquatic animal electronic telemetry: OTN and Europe

Longstanding OTN partnerships in the Azores, the UK, France and Norway have positioned OTN as a contributor to the Horizon2020 AtlantOS initiative. OTN is now involved in several projects under the AtlanOS framework, including gliders, the Prediction and Research Mooring Array in the Tropical Atlantic (PIRATA buoy array) and the European Animal Telemetry Network (EATN). The launch of these and other networks provide forums where researchers can share knowledge and tools, and strengthen international networks by leveraging resources.

Read the summary here


Mitacs Globalink Research Award  (Closing date: Nov. 9, 2016)

Program Director, Dalhousie Ocean School  (Closing date: Nov. 16, 2016)


Atlantic sturgeon Acipenser oxyrinchus Mitchill, 1815 seasonal marine depth and temperature occupancy and movement in the Bay of Fundy. Journal of Applied Ichthyology

Behavioural responses of Pacific salmon to chemical disturbance cues during the spawning migration Behavioural Processes

Dynamic Reusable Workflows for Ocean Science Journal of Marine Science and Engineering

How do potential knowledge users evaluate new claims about a contested resource? Problems of power and politics in knowledge exchange and mobilization  Journal of Environmental Management

Powered for life: Self-charging tag tracks fish as long as they swim  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Seasonal marine mammal occurrence detected from passive acoustic monitoring in Scott Inlet, Nunavut, Canada Polar Biology

App allows the public to follow whales off Atlantic coast CBC

Unmanned gliders to help DFO measure and monitor oceans CBC

4th ICFT
19-23 June 2017 | Cairns, AustraliaFish Passage 2017
19-21 June 2017 | Oregon, United States3rd Blue Planet Symposium 
May 31- June 2 2017 | Maryland, United States

2nd Annual Marine Data Infrastructure GCC 2017 
30-31 Jan 2017 | Dubai, UAE

Canada’s Arctic Biodiversity: The Next 150 Years
26-27 January 2017 | Ottawa, Ontario

U.S. Underwater Glider Workshop
18-19 January 2017 | Mississippi, United States

ArcticNet ASM
5-6 December 2016  |  Winnipeg, Manitoba

Fish Larvae Workshop
2-4 November 2016 | Plymouth, United Kingdom

International Conferences on Research Infrastructures (ICRI)
3-5 October 2016 | Capetown, South Africa

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