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$3.75M funding supports study of marine contaminants


Ottawa, ON – A new round of funding worth $3.75 million that will support research into marine contaminants has been announced by Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s National Contaminants Advisory Group. The funding 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 multi-year research projects at Canadian universities.

“Science conducted by universities and other experts enhances our ability to make informed decisions about the conservation and use of our aquatic resources,” said Dominic LeBlanc, minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. “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.”

More information on the current call for proposals is available here.