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AORA Ocean Health & Stressors Working Group


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Recognizing that the Atlantic Ocean is a shared resource and responsibility, this AORA working group seeks to advance our understanding of the Atlantic Ocean and its dynamic systems to

  • improve ocean health
  • improve ocean stewardship
  • promote the sustainable management of its resources

This AORA working group’s vision is to promote research to understand the North Atlantic Ocean in support of ecosystem based management (EBM); it is tasked with creating a vision/science plan on research directions, priorities, synergies, and complementarities in the North Atlantic.

Working together toward this vision will produce many mutual benefits including

  • improved environmental and ecosystem assessments
  • improved understanding of stressors, vulnerabilities and risk
  • new tools to achieve EBM objectives such as
    • increased ecosystem resilience
    • conserve biodiversity
    • manage risk
    • determine social, economic, and environmental priorities

The Working Group is co-chaired by representatives from Canada, Europe and the United States of America.

Ecosystem Approach to Ocean Health & Stressors Working Group meeting, Reykjavík, Iceland

Some of the achievements of the Working Group to date include:

  • A joint AORA-CSA and FAO workshop “Making the ecosystem approach operational”
  • An inventory of major Canadian, European, and US research activities
  • Interaction with SponGES and ATLAS H2020 Projects linked to the Galway Statement.
  • Canada funded $1.5 Million (CAD) in ship time for 2016 in support of ATLAS/SponGES
  • Four published papers in the ICES Journal of marine science linked to the working group
  • Transatlantic networking, profiling and funding initiatives, including with JPI-Oceans

 

Ocean Health & Stressors Working Group Publications

Area: OH&S WG
Final report from the Ocean Health & Stressors Reykjavik workshop.
Area: AORA-CSA Report, OH&S WG
This Report was produced by the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Co-Ordination and Support Action Project. The Lead Partner responsible for Ecosystem Approach Work Package in the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Co-Ordination and Support Action Project is the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
Area: AORA-CSA Report, OH&S WG
Ecosystem Approach to Ocean Health and Stressors. Workshop Supported by: DFO, EU, FAO, ICES, and NOAA Through the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA)