Spring 2017


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OTN presents at the ‘Clear Seas Symposium: transparency in ocean science and government’

OTN participated in the Clear Seas Symposium, held in Halifax, April 12 to 14. Scientists, representatives from First Nations councils and communities, members of local fisheries associations, government, and other oceans and policy stakeholders presented perspectives on coupling ocean data and information transparency with governance transparency. Members of Parliament, Andy Fillmore and Bernadette Jordan (pictured), wrapped up talks with insight into policy-related knowledge mobilization. The three-day symposium concluded with a stakeholder workshop towards a synthesis of ocean transparency issues and best practices. Both will become available on the Clear Seas site (link above) and on the OTN website. Read more

Addressing concerns re: potential misuse of animal tracking data

A recent paper authored by Canadian scientists, including OTN researchers, explains how animals being monitored using electronic transmitter collars and tags can, and have been, targeted for exploitation. The paper explains the risks of data exploitation, the benefits of collecting and sharing telemetry data, best practices in data protection, and possible solutions. OTN explains the balance of data sharing with the potential risks to ecologically sensitive information. Read more

OTN visits UN HQ in NYC

OTN Executive Director, Fred Whoriskey, participated in a two-day UN-IOC Oceans Conference preparatory meeting in New York City in March. The meeting precedes the ‘UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans.’ OTN is submitting avoluntary commitment as part of SDG14, which will be presented, along with other global commitments, at the conference during Oceans Week in June. Read more

Hundreds of Russian Hat sponges collected from OTN Halifax Line

A unique species of marine sponge has been collected from a series of OTN moorings near Halifax during routine maintenance. Samples of this rare sponge will be used by DFO collaborators to study genetic diversity, structure, and growth rates. These samples will also serve to increase researchers’ understanding of how sponges adapt to ocean climate change and pollution. Read more

Coordinated glider patrol listens for whales off of west coast Canada

In January, OTN teamed up with six research institutions across Canada to deploy three autonomous marine gliders off the coast of B.C. The gliders used hydrophones to record whale calls, and mapped their migrations using the location of the calls, with the aim of reducing ship interaction and gear entanglement. The effort is part of the ongoing Whale Habitat and Listening Experiment led by MEOPAR. Read more

OTN researchers tag sharks in Cabo Verde, part of a new international collaboration

OTN and Dalhousie University successfully tagged 14 Atlantic weasel sharks in the West African country of Cabo Verde in December. Researchers are working to raise awareness for sharks in this ocean region where detailed scientific information is scarce and improved science-based management efforts are needed.Read more


4th Internal Conference on Fish Telemetry
19-23 June 2017 | Cairns, Austalia

Science and History of Sable Island Conference
20-21 October 2017 | Halifax, Canada

Sustainable Oceans Conference 2017
21-22 September 2017 | Halifax, Canada

Southern African Shark & Ray Symposium
10-13 September 2017 | Hermanus, South Africa

International Conference on Engineering and Ecohydrology for Fish Passage 2017
19-21 June 2017 | Oregon, United States

3rd Blue Planet Symposium 
31 May – 2 June 2017 | Maryland, United States

GeoHab 2017 Marine Geological & Biological Habitat Mapping 
1-5 May 2017 | Halifax, Nova Scotia

OTN Annual Scientific Meeting
18-21 October | Halifax, Nova Scotia

9th Canadian Science Policy Conference
1-3 November 2017 | Ottawa, Ontario

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