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— its challenges and the benefits it can provide for our environment, economy and communities. 

Order of Canada honours OFI's own

The contributions of Martha Crago, who helped found the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), and Barb Neis, an OFI researcher at Memorial University of Newfoundland, have been recognized through their naming as Members of the Order of Canada. 

  • Dr. Martha Crago, Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation, McGill University received the Order of Canada in recognition for her contributions to research and innovation, especially in the area of ocean science. Dr. Crago is the former Vice President of Research at Dalhousie University and in that role served as a key architect for the creation of OFI and served as its first Chair of the OFI Executive Council.
  • Dr. Barb Neis, a Professor at Memorial's Department of Sociology, received the Order of Canada for her work to advance environmental protection and human health, especially as it relates to the unique applications within Canada’s coastal communities. This is a significant theme of her OFI research work, Informing Governance Responses in a Changing Ocean. Dr. Neis also recently received Memorial University’s John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professorship.Order-of-Canada.jpg#asset:321 

As sea creatures go, juvenile lumpfish are pretty cute. Their adult counterparts? Not so much.

Regardless, the dull, lumpy bottom feeders with warty heads are not only an integral part of the provincial economy — their roe is prized in Asia as an alternative to caviar — they are also the subject of innovative research being done at Memorial University of Newfoundland that will assist both the aquaculture industry and provide insight into dietary effects on human vision.

Dr. Robert Gendron, Department of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Medicine, has teamed up with Dr. William Driedzic, Department of Ocean Sciences, Faculty of Science, to study dietary vitamins in the vision health of lumpfish. Their project recently received funding through Memorial University’s Vitamin Research Fund, which links to the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI). 

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Nova Scotia government funding benefits ocean research, marine-science — and right whales. Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil announced that nine research projects at four post-secondary institutions will receive more than $6.5 million in funding aimed at strengthening ocean science and marine technology development, tidal energy and combating coastal erosion. One of the projects based at Dalhousie University and supported by OFI, will help protect the North Atlantic right whales, one of the most endangered cetaceans. Read the full story ...

A fisherman’s trash is this scientist’s treasure. Dr. Kelly Hawboldt, a researcher with OFI, doesn’t like waste. Or rather, she doesn’t like anything being wasted, so she’s testing out new — and sustainable products — from fish residue. Learn more …  

Dr. Mark Fast knows a thing or two about fish In fact, the OFI researcher has spent the past 15 years improving aquaculture production and countering the environmental conditions that lead to poor health and disease. Learn more …

OFI celebrated its one year anniversary in September 2017 by reflecting on the achievements of the past year and acknowledging the growing pains that were encountered during our inaugural year. Learn more … 

Dr. Noel Cadigan of Memorial University of Newfoundland was named the first Ocean Choice International Research Chair in Stock Assessment and Sustainable Harvest Advice for Northwest Atlantic Fisheries. The new chair — made possible through an investment of $2.5 million from industry, government, academia, donors and OFI — will be used to advance the way fish stock assessments for the Northwest Atlantic fisheries are conducted. Learn more ... 

A team of scientists from six countries took a trans-Atlantic voyage to study the impact of climate change on the ocean. Read full story ...

Three made-in-Nova Scotia approaches to ocean science used to study the impacts of climate change on the Northwest Atlantic.  Learn more ...