On July 26, 2013, Halifax Marine Research Institute (HMRI) had the pleasure of hosting the Honourable Peter MacKay, then Canadian Minister of Defence, and the Honourable Graham Steele, Nova Scotia Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism at the new Dalhousie Ocean Sciences Building, for the announcement of federal and provincial funding of HMRI’s first smart buoy project. HMRI will acquire, deploy and operate a 3 metre inshore weather buoy near Herring Cove, Nova Scotia, in partnership with the Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association, Atlantic Pilotage Authority, Halifax Port Authority, Canadian Coast Guard, and the Marine Environment Observation Prediction and Response network (MEOPAR).

Following deployment in Autumn 2013, the buoy’s sensors will generate real time measurements used to create high-resolution weather and wave forecasts for the mouth of Halifax Harbour. Data collected by the buoy’s sensors will assist the Atlantic Pilotage Authority and Halifax Port Authority in improving safety and scheduling in the Port of Halifax. This data will also generate educational and scientific opportunities for ocean science and technology students and researchers in Nova Scotia and beyond.

The SmartATLANTIC Herring Cove Buoy project is the result of a 10-year effort by the Canadian Marine Pilot’s Association, and HMRI’s ability to facilitate multi-party collaboration in Atlantic Canada’s ocean technology sector. The project is made possible by funding of up to $171,000 from Transport Canada, and funding of $150,000 from the Province of Nova Scotia, as well as in-kind and cash contributions totaling $45,000 provided by AMEC Earth & Environmental, the Canadian Coast Guard, and MEOPAR. Operational funding of approximately $1.2 Million will be provided by the Atlantic Pilotage Authority and Halifax Port Authority during the initial 10 years of deployment.

For additional information on this exciting HMRI project, please contact Jim Hanlon, HMRI’s chief executive officer.


Dalhousie opens Ocean Sciences Building

Congratulations to our member, Dalhousie University, on the grand opening of their new Ocean Sciences Building (DOSB). The ceremony, which took place on June 5, 2012, attracted hundreds of visitors and a number of distinguished guests. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, federal Minister of State for Science and Technology announced a new round of funding through the Leader’s Opportunity Fund from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. Dr. Doug Wallace, a major tenant in the building and HMRI’s Scientific Director, received $800,000 to support the creation of his new labs in the building. Dr. Sara Iverson, Scientific Director of the Ocean Tracking Network, unveiled the Network’s newest remotely-controlled wave glider which is being used to track tagged shark and fish species along the Atlantic Coast.

The DOSB will be HMRI’s new headquarters beginning in July and we’re privileged to be located in close proximity to some of the world’s most innovative research programs including; The Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR), The Ocean Tracking Network, and Dr. Wallace’s Chair of Excellence in Ocean Science & Technology.







Representatives from marine organizations and government agencies across Canada, Europe, and the United States met in Galway, Ireland on May 23 & 24, 2013 to finalize and sign a trans-Atlantic agreement to cooperate on improving ocean observation and prediction capabilities in the North Atlantic.

The Galway Agreement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation is a commitment to connect the ocean science capacity of all three countries with a joint focus on the North Atlantic Ocean, including the Atlantic’s connections to the Arctic and Mediterranean Ocean. As noted by the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, “The enormous economic potential of the Atlantic remains largely untapped. We probably know more about the surface of the Moon and Mars than we do about the deep sea floor. This alliance can make a big contribution to meeting challenges such as climate change and food security.”

The agreement is a key initiative of the Irish government, which presently holds the Presidency of the European Union. The signing was attended by the Irish Taoiseach, Enda Kenny with Senator Mark Wells of Newfoundland attending on behalf of Canada.

Prior to the official signing of the Agreement, the Galway 2013 Scientific Workshop identified a number of scientific and societal challenges that need to be addressed in order to enhance our understanding and knowledge of the Atlantic Ocean. One of our projects, MEOPAR,  was prominently represented in the Canadian delegation and amongst the speakers at the Workshop.


EU, U.S., Canada launch Atlantic Ocean research alliance in Galway

New Marine Alliance Agreed

EU, US, Canada launch Atlantic Ocean research alliance

BioMarine 2013 is not your average ocean conference. With a focus on economic development, BioMarine 2013 is truly a cross-sectoral event that attracts visitors from across the country and around the globe. It offers attendees a unique business networking platform through:

– Exchange with high level experts and decision makers
– Access to corporate investors and venture capital key players
– Meetings with the most innovative start-ups
– Informal networking with ocean players in fields ranging from marine law to marine biotechnologies

This year it’s being held right here in Halifax so register early and join us for one of Canada’s best ocean-business conventions. To find out more about the conference and to register please visit BioMarine 2013.

IORE aims to increase the scale, quality, internationalization and impact of marine research in our region.