In April 2023, 39 Canadian marine scientists from government, academia, and the not-for-profit sector, met in Montreal to advance plans for benthic science mission, ship access, funding, and equipment availability. The CSSF was a cosponsor of this event.
The primary focus was on advanced survey tools such as remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) required to better understand marine ecosystem health, benthic biodiversity, and geological processes. During the various discussion’s sessions, participants highlighted the need for more collaborative approach and for more partnerships that can ensure consistent, efficient, and reproductible workflows and methodology among research groups.
After the Workshop, a poster was created to share at an Oceans Research in Canada Alliance (ORCA) meeting in early June the objectives of the activity, the pre-event survey, the details of the 2-day event, the main outcomes, and next steps.