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.

PhD Fellowship Opportunity with TOSST

The Transatlantic Ocean System Science & Technology graduate school has 10 competitive PhD Fellowship positions at Dalhousie University and the University of New Brunswick.

TOSST is a joint, transatlantic graduate research school linking two major centres of ocean research; Maritime Canada and northern Germany. TOSST complements the existing German-funded Helmholtz Ocean System Science and Technology (HOSST – research school in Kiel, Germany.

Students have the opportunity to participate in summer schools located in Halifax, Kiel, and Cape Verde; take courses focusing on business development, management skills, and leadership; complete internships in industry, government, and NGOs; and conduct interdisciplinary research in state of the art facilities with co-supervisors in both countries.

For more information on TOSST and to learn how to apply please visit

The Nova Scotia Department of Energy in conjunction with HMRI and SLR Consulting, recently held a Tidal Energy Opportunities Workshop at the National Research Council building in Halifax, NS on March 05, 2013.

The workshop, which focused on connecting regional capabilities to the challenges and opportunities in developing tidal energy in the Bay of Fundy, offered over 100 participants the chance to network with others in the field. Local and international industry participants, including the founders of Marine Current Turbines, lead panel discussions on the feasibility of a commercial tidal industry. Break-out sessions held in the afternoon targeted specific engineering and environmental challenges in developing and deploying technologies applicable to tidal power.

Jim Hanlon, CEO of HMRI, commented on the success of the workshop.

“Because there are still significant engineering challenges that need to be addressed in the tidal power industry, there was a tremendous opportunity to get all of the major industry players in the same building. It was a great success with a lot of new opportunities and ideas being generated. We thank all those who attended and look forward to more events like this in the future.”

Acadia Tidal Energy Institute Opened

The HMRI would like to congratulate its member institution, Acadia University, on the opening of the Acadia Tidal Energy Institute on September 11, 2012. The new Institute is a natural extension of the Fundy Energy Research Network created in 2009 by the university. The Institute, a multi-disciplinary effort, will study how to harness the incredible power of the Bay of Fundy tides and their potential to produce tidal power. The Institute will build strategic partnerships for research and training with a range of organizations including universities, colleges, industry, government, environmental organizations, and community groups.

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