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Canada. World leader in ocean research.

The Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) is a collaborative research initiative to harness the vast potential of the world’s ocean and meet the ecological, economic and societal challenges of the future. As an international hub for ocean science, OFI will bring together elite researchers and institutes from across the globe to understand our changing ocean and create safe, sustainable solutions for ocean development.

Led by Dalhousie University, OFI represents a historic partnership between the flagship universities of three Atlantic Canadian provinces (Dalhousie, Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Prince Edward Island). The support of partners in the Government of Canada’s federal laboratories, the Royal Canadian Navy, National Film Board of Canada and national and international industry, as well as knowledge shared by eight major international ocean research institutes – including four of the top five in the world – will establish Canada as a global leader in transformative ocean research.

The ocean is changing. Located on the doorstep of the Northwest Atlantic – an area of globally significant scientific potential –  OFI will be at the forefront of understanding these changes and responding to them through innovation, collaborative management and scientific discovery.  Find out more about OFI’s approach.


Understanding and opportunity  

The OFI’s research program will develop our understanding of our changing ocean and lead in the creation of strategic solutions that preserve ocean resources while maximizing their potential.

Our ocean scientists

The Ocean Frontier Institute brings together leading researchers in a variety of ocean-related fields, from across Canada and around the world, to share and develop knowledge.

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“The OFI can fundamentally change how we think about and interact with the ocean, specifically the North Atlantic… better knowledge and planning can minimize human impacts, partially mitigate climate change pressures, and help ensure a productive and sustainable ocean for Canadians.”

Paul Snelgrove, Professor, Departments of Ocean Sciences and Biology, Memorial University