Strategic Program for Ecosystem-Based Research and Advice (SPERA)

Types of research funded by SPERA

The Strategic Program for Ecosystem-Based Research and Advice (SPERA) supports those objectives with research projects and scientific tool development which support national priorities for managing ecosystems in our domestic waters. Projects address key issues, such as scientific guidance on the avoidance of benthic impacts; science support for mitigating by-catch and tools to help manage biological diversity in Canadian waters.

The Strategic Program for Ecosystem-based Research and Advice (SPERA) funds projects by DFO researchers which:

  1. Assess the ecosystem impacts of human activities;
  2. Assess and report on ecosystems and
  3. Develop tools to implement the ecosystem approach to management.
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