OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 26, 2016) - Research that studies the effects of contaminants on our aquatic ecosystems helps improve decision-making on the use and protection of our marine and freshwater environments. It contributes to Fisheries and Oceans Canada's overall advice on sustainable aquaculture, resource development and emergency response measures.
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, today announced a new round of funding for Canadian researchers to study the biological effects of contaminants on fish, marine mammals, and other aquatic organisms.
Funded through Fisheries and Oceans Canada's National Contaminants Advisory Group, $3.75 million will be available to Canadian universities and not-for-profit research organizations during the next three years. Selected research projects will focus on oil and gas, aquaculture therapeutants, pesticides, and contaminants and issues of emerging concern.
This is the Department's third Call for Proposals since the Advisory Group was established in 2013. So far, the funding has yielded 23 high quality multiyear research projects at Canadian universities, some of which focused on species highly valued by Canadians, such as killer whales, belugas and salmon.
- The National Contaminants Advisory Group (NCAG) provides information and science advice to the Department on priority issues related to the biological effects of contaminants.
- The 2016 Call for Proposals will be open to researchers for the next two months. Successful funding recipients will be notified in winter 2017, and research projects will start in April 2017.
- A portion of the funding for this Call for Proposals comes from the recently announced $197.1 million investment in ocean and freshwater science.
"Science conducted by universities and other experts enhances our ability to make informed decisions about the conservation and use of our aquatic resources. We are committed to understanding the effects of contaminants on fish, marine mammals and other aquatic organisms, and we are proud to support Canadian researchers in this important field."
- The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
National Contaminants Advisory Group
Call for Proposals 2016 Guidelines
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