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Ocean Tracking Network receives $28.6 million in funding

December 6, 2022  By Hatchery International staff

The Ocean Tracking Network (OTN), headquartered at Dalhousie University, has been awarded a grant of C$38.5 million (US$28.6 million) from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Major Science Initiatives Fund, bringing the total amount awarded to OTN for its 2017-2029 funding cycle to C$65.6 million (US$ 48.8 million). 

The fund supports the operating and maintenance needs of Canada’s research facilities. It includes an investment of more than C$628 million (US$467 million) to support 19 national research facilities at 14 institutions across the country.

OTN is a global aquatic research, data management and partnership platform — collaborators around the world are using OTN’s global infrastructure and analytical tools to document the movements of more than 300 keystone and commercially and culturally valuable aquatic species in the context of changing ocean and freshwater environments.

“The amount that remains undiscovered about the ocean and the species that call it home is vast. As the impacts of climate change ripple through the waters that surround us, it is becoming increasingly urgent to address this knowledge gap,” said Alice Aiken, Dalhousie’s vice-president, research and innovation. “With support from CFI, OTN’s cutting-edge research, technological innovation and global partnerships are helping to build the knowledge we need to revolutionize our understanding and stewardship of aquatic species around the world.”


With the funding awarded, OTN will be able to:

  • • Grow and maintain OTN’s headquarters, infrastructure and operations
  • Continue to meet the growing demands of its Canadian and international user communities
  • Bolster communication of data and outcomes in support of Canadian and international science and sustainable management of shared aquatic resources
  • Facilitate leading-edge research with Canadian-made technologies
  • Support the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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