Research related to the maritime environment, the interaction of coastal people and communities with the ocean and maritime environment, and the scientific, technological and organizational requirements of industrial development in this environment, particularly relating to conditions in the North Atlantic. Fishery and aquaculture, more specifically, include fresh water and marine fish biology and environments and scientific, technological and organizational aspects of fishery and aquaculture industry development, and their related social, community, environmental and public policy characteristics.

Key research areas include cultures and societies around the North Atlantic Rim, and how they interact with the ocean and ocean industries, including economic and political agreements and relationships; technologies for natural resource development, transportation, and safety and survival in harsh, remote locations, and the geography and ecology of North Atlantic marine, terrestrial and ice environments; fundamental research in biology, ecology, environmental science, and ocean science; climate change; fisheries conservation and resource management; aquaculture and seafood development; food processing technology and processes to support industry development; research related to the people, organizations, history, economics and policies pertaining to fisheries and aquaculture; deep water and harsh environment marine and petroleum activity; and business development and marketing associated with fisheries and oceans industries.


Large-scale project on small-scale fisheries

Ratana Chuenpagdee is a big thinker. As the Canada Research Chair in Natural Resource Sustainability and Community Development in Memorial's Department of Geography, she is deeply interested in the interconnectivity and interdependency between natural and human systems.

And that big thinking has led to a big project.

Dr. Chuenpagdee is the project director for the six-year, $2.5-million SSHRC-funded project, Too Big to Ignore: Global Partnerships for Small-Scale Fisheries Research.  See More...

New funding for the study of marine and offshore structures in harsh ocean environments

Newfoundland and Labrador’s knowledge and technological capacity for ships and offshore structures operating in harsh ocean environments is about to be strengthened with the launch of a research program at Memorial University’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

The Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) and ABS (the American Bureau of Shipping) of Texas announced a combined $600,000 investment for the ABS Harsh Environment Technology Centre and associated research program. This investment will fund research on how ship and offshore structures can be improved to work more effectively in volatile ocean conditions, such as the North Atlantic. See More...

Exploring the inaccessible

Memorial researchers are working to develop new technologies that will allow autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to be used for resource exploration in difficult areas.

Local underwater acoustic imaging technology development company PanGeo Subsea has partnered with the university to determine if their instrument, a sub-bottom imager (SBI), can be integrated onto Memorial’s Explorer AUV. When attached to a vehicle, the SBI is pulled along the bottom of the ocean just a few metres above the ground. It emits sound pulses down into the earth to generate a 3-D picture of what’s underneath – useful information for those interested in oil and gas development in Newfoundland and Labrador. See More...



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