Centres of Expertise

DFO Science Centres of Expertise (COEs) focus on areas where it is more effective to partner both internally and externally with academia, other departments and other governments to achieve results. Some of these use regionally based infrastructure and others are virtual, focusing experts from many locations on specific projects.

Centre for Aquatic Animal Health Research and Diagnostics (CAAHRD)
CAAHRD is a network of experts with a secretariat in Moncton, New Brunswick that provides the regulatory research necessary to support the National Aquatic Animal Health Program (NAAHP).
Centre for Aquatic Biotechnology Regulatory Research (CABRR)
CABRR's objective is to generate scientific information to inform the regulation of aquatic organism products of biotechnology (e.g. genetically modified fish) under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999; to advise regulators; and to identify variables and uncertainties for evaluation and consideration in the conduct of environmental risk assessments.
Centre of Expertise for Aquatic Risk Assessment (CEARA)
CEARA focuses on the key pathways that transport aquatic invasive species to freshwater and marine ecosystems in Canada; characterizes the factors that influence establishment success of these species; and constructs risk assessment models that will direct future management policies.
Centre of Expertise on Marine Mammals (CEMAM)
CEMAM links marine mammal experts across Canada with a secretariat located at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute in Mont-Joli, Quebec. Researchers work on a wide range of projects to obtain information on the dynamics, ecology and health of marine mammals.
Centre for Ocean Model Development for Applications (COMDA)
Working in collaboration with Environment Canada and other agencies and researchers, COMDA coordinates DFO's development of computer models to better understand ocean and marine ecosystem variability off Canada and is working to assist the development of a national forecasting capability for ocean temperature, currents and salinity in conjunction with atmospheric weather and sea ice.
Centre for Offshore Oil, Gas and Energy Research (COOGER)
COOGER's role is to improve scientific knowledge, co-ordinate and implement collaborative research efforts devoted to the fate and behaviour of petroleum introduced to the marine and coastal environment, and to improve understanding and improve mitigation measures used to reduce and counter the impacts of oil spills on coastal ecosystems.
National Centre for Arctic Aquatic Research Excellence (NCAARE)
NCAARE works with federal departments, northern co-management groups, universities and industry to play a key role in developing partnerships to further research in priority areas; coordinates science opportunities aboard Canadian Coast Guard vessels, and advises on infrastructure for Northern aquatic research.
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