• Read about the 6th Trans-Atlantic Seabed Mapping Survey in the AORA Blogs section.
  • Signed on 24 May 2013 by the Europe Union, Canada and the United States.
  • Trevor Swerdfager DFO, John Bell European Commission and Craig McLean NOAA - April 6th 2017.
  • The dynamic power of the Atlantic and its vast resources that can be sustainably harnessed.
  • "For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it's always ourselves we find in the sea". - E.E. Cummings

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Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance

The Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation was signed on 24 May 2013 by the European Union, Canada and the United States. This launched the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance. The overarching objectives of the Galway Statement are to:

  • improve ocean health and stewardship
  • promote sustainable management of resources
  • improve ecosystem assessments and forecasts and deeper understanding of vulnerabilities and risks, including climate change
  • to generate new tools to increase resilience, conserve rich biodiversity, manage risk and determine social, environmental, and economic priorities
  • Promote our citizens’ understanding of the value of the Atlantic by promoting oceans literacy

Based on this, a Trilateral Galway Implementation Committee was established and the signatories of the Galway Statement mandated Fisheries & Oceans Canada (DFO), the European Commission (EC) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), USA, to guide the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance.

Latest News

The European Commission has published a stakeholder survey "Reducing marine litter: actions on single use plastics and abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear".
The 3rd AtlantOS General Assembly is current taking place at PLOCAN. Gran Canaria. This meeting will brings together project partners and also includes individual work package meetings and several other stakeholder meetings back to back.
The 8th Meeting of the AORA Atlantic Seabed Mapping International Working Group took place on the 10th and 11th of October 2017.

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The Oceans Research in Canada Alliance (ORCA), a new initiative established to improve the coordination of ocean science and technology in Canada, is bringing together Canada’s ocean science and technology community to better align efforts, increase our collective knowledge, and forge stronger collaborative ties!
The 4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity will be held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, Québec, Canada, from May 13-16, 2018. This meeting will bring together scientists, practitioners, and policy makers to discuss and advance our understanding of the importance and current state of biodiversity in the marine environment.