CBU scientists snoop on ‘teenage’ salmon

Valued members of IORE, Cape Breton University, made their way into the newspaper in regard to important and exciting work they are doing with acoustic receivers in Bras d’Or Lake to track fish at smolt stage. To read the article, please click here. 

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New weather and wave forecasting technology will help keep mariners safe

The Governments of Canada and New Brunswick and partners launch the SmartATLANTIC buoy project in Saint John


August 15, 2014            Saint John, New Brunswick                    Transport Canada


Today, Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, the Honourable Trevor Holder, Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, on behalf of the Honourable Claude Williams, New Brunswick Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, along with other project partners,announced funding for the SmartATLANTIC Saint John buoy project to help improve the efficiency, safety and environmental stewardship of marine transportation in the Bay of Fundy.


In line with measures already taken to strengthen Canada’s tanker safety system, this project will help to further modernize Canada’s marine navigation system by providing accurate and real-time meteorological/hydrological data that will be used to produce high-resolution forecasts of weather and sea conditions, and for scientific research. The SmartATLANTIC buoy will also help minimize the potential for incidents, reduce the risk of an oil spill, and help support the region’s ship-based trade in energy products such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) and petroleum products.


The marine transportation community, commercial fishers, recreational boaters and researchers will be able to access this highly valuable, real-time information to more accurately forecast wind, wave and ocean currents. It will not only help improve safe navigation and environmental protection, but it will also maximize the efficiency of commercial traffic using Port Saint John, and lower costs for the marine industry in the area.



Quick Facts


  • Transport Canada will contribute up to $185,000 under the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund. The total project cost is approximately $417,000.
  • The other project partners include: the Province of New Brunswick (contributing $91,000), the Saint John Port Authority (contributing $91,000), AMEC Environment & Infrastructure (providing in-kind services of $30,000), Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association (providing in-kind services of $8,000), and the Canada Coast Guard (providing in-kind services of $12,000).
  • The Buoy will be owned by the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE).
  • The annual operating and maintenance costs of the project will be equally covered by the Atlantic Pilotage Authority, Canaport LNG, Irving Oil, and the Saint John Port Authority. Technical support will be provided by AMEC Environment & Infrastructure and the Centre for Applied Ocean Technology at the Marine Institute at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
  • The Saint John Harbour and the Bay of Fundy area is one of the top four tanker traffic zones in the country.

In 2013, Port Saint John handled 27.6 million tonnes of cargo; and over the past five years, Saint John has welcomed almost one million cruise ship passengers.





“By allowing better access to weather forecasts, this buoy technology willincrease the safety and the efficiency of our shipping industry, as well as increase marine traffic and trade through the Saint John Gateway, an important Atlantic Gateway port.”

Rodney Weston
Member of Parliament for Saint John


“Advancements which promote and improve activities at the port are an important step forward for our province. We are being proactive with this initiative as traffic at the port is expected to increase significantly as new opportunities open up such as the proposed Energy East Pipeline.”
The Honourable Trevor Holder
Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture


“On behalf of our Board of Directors we are pleased to contribute to this technological advancement. It is significant that our partners in industry and government are together enhancing marine operations at Port Saint John. Tools such as the SmartATLANTIC Weather Buoy not only reduce risk in marine operations but also strengthen our collective commitment to safe and efficient practices.”

Jim Quinn

President and CEO, Port Saint John


“Safety is the marine pilots’ number 1 priority – SmartATLANTIC is a huge step in the right direction. We sincerely thank The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, the Province of New Brunswick and the Saint John Port Authority for funding the purchase of the buoy.”

Captain Andrew Rae

Vice President, Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association,

 and lead proponent for SmartATLANTIC Saint John Buoy Proposal


“The SmartATLANTIC Saint John Buoy is a natural fit for I.O.R.E. As a facilitator of collaboration between industry, government agencies, and academic researchers, we’re excited to bring the benefits of scientific research to the real world challenges faced by New Brunswick’s marine community.”

Jim Hanlon

CEO, Institute for Ocean Research Enterprises (IORE)



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Here is a copy of a blog post recently showcased by the Greater Halifax Partnership about the work being done by IORE and other local organizations in the Oceans Science Industry:

In Halifax, marine science, research and industry set international standards. The city’s culture and economy has always been focused towards the ocean and many citizens have roots tied with the fishing and shipping industries. We have multiple government laboratories working on oceans research along with outstanding universities dedicated to ocean sciences. Also, there is a homegrown industry of ocean technology companies such as VEMCO and Satlantic who work with ocean acoustics and sensors.

Now Halifax has a new headquarters for research and collaboration that will attract even more oceans-related researchers, organizations and business.

Last year, five organizations moved into the newly named Steele Ocean Sciences building at Dalhousie University. They each share the goal of developing ocean science research and oceans industries. The organizations are unique in their research and field of study, but they all contribute significantly to growing the field.

The Canada Excellence Research Chair in Ocean Science and Technology (CERC.OCEAN), the
Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) and the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction Response Network (MEOPAR), all work at the forefront of oceans research. Doug Wallace and his team at CERC.OCEAN work to predict and prepare us for unprecedented changes in the world’s ocean systems by looking at the chemical changes occurring. The Ocean Tracking Network is a $168-million global conservation project, and the world’s most comprehensive examination of marine life and ocean conditions. Finally, MEOPAR examines human activity in the marine environment and the impact of marine hazards on coastal regions. Recently, MEOPAR has also funded a project called “OceanViewer.org”. The website combines numerous streams of data points from the Atlantic Ocean and displays this local data on an interactive map for anyone to utilize.

However, not all of the organizations focus directly on research. The Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE) encourages bold undertakings and facilitates collaborative ocean research projects. By bringing together universities, colleges, government laboratories and private companies the IORE helps create an innovative culture in our region where marine based industry thrives.

Lastly, the Transatlantic Ocean System Science and Technology Research School (TOSST), is a joint Dalhousie-Helmoltz Centre for Ocean Research graduate school. TOSST links major centers of ocean research on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean: Maritime Canada and northern Germany.  This graduate school is a leading program for developing skilled researchers and professionals to help in the local industry.

With the work that is currently being done by this collective group, Halifax is on the forefront of marine science growth. Our skilled and educated workforce, innovative research and newfound center for collaboration will continue to grow the industry and economy.

June Ocean Connector Event

IORE June Ocean Connector – Tidal Power

Join IORE on Thursday, June 26 at the T-Room (Sexton Campus 1360 Barrington St, Building J, Halifax, NS) from 4:00pm-6:00pm for an interactive discussion on tidal power. RSVP to: cheryl.evans@iore.ca

The Bay of Fundy tidal energy opportunities have been very much in the news lately. This month’s Ocean Connector event will focus on a tidal energy proposal that hasn’t yet been part of the mainstream – the Scott’s Bay Tidal Power proposal. The scale of the project is potentially huge by comparison with other announced developments, but it carries with it some very interesting engineering and science challenges that Keith Towse will be able to tell us about during his presentation.  Come learn about the science, engineering and business of this very interesting project.

Presentation Summary –
Scott’s Bay Tidal Power is a proposed 1100MW tidal range project proposed by Halcyon Tidal Power, situated in Scott’s Bay just south of Cape Split. The proposal is at an early stage, but presents an exciting opportunity for Nova Scotia to build on its leading position in tidal energy developments.  Keith Towse will present details of the project and outline some of the technical and permitting challenges.

About the Presenter –
Keith Towse joined Halcyon Tidal Power in March 2014 to work as a representative for the Scots Bay Tidal Power Project. Keith has a great deal of local knowledge and experience in the renewable energy field having worked on wind and marine renewable energy projects across North and South America since 2003 — including close involvement with the development of wind policy in Atlantic Canada, and establishment of close working relationships with many First Nations communities. In addition to his role with the Scott’s Bay Tidal Power Project, his company, Lahave Renewables Inc., is currently developing ~150 MW of wind projects at sites across Atlantic Canada. Keith’s general work experience has been in corporate finance and business development since receiving an MA from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from University of Durham, both in the United Kingdom.

Canada’s Business Model Competition

The Starting Lean Initiative and the Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship is excited to announce that over 18 student startups from across Canada will be converging at Dalhousie University for the second annual Canada’s Business Model Competition. The competition will be held Friday and Saturday March 14th and 15th at the Rowe School of Business (6100 University Ave.). We have over $50,000 in prizes that we will be awarding to the top 3 teams courtesy of our partner Deloitte. Many of the events including the panel discussion and the fireside discussion with Steve Blank are open to the public.

Please visit our website for more information about this event. Please RSVP to Thomas at startingleaninitiative@gmail.com.