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OMRN Working Groups

The OMRN has established thematic Working Groups to deliver its mandate and achieve its goals. The working groups are designed to deal with important topics of interest to OMRN members and the Canadian public. Eleven (11) working groups have been established under the leadership of OMRN members.

Working Groups are formed within the Network to respond to a demonstrated need for focused attention on a specific theme, whether reflecting the need of researchers for a forum within which to interact and synthesize their research efforts, or the need of a government agency or other research user for new approaches, insights or information relating to that theme area. Working Groups focus on specific topic areas yet are dynamic and connected to other broader issues through other working groups and OMRN Programs.

The OMRN Board sets general guidelines and approves work plans for each of the Working Groups which otherwise operate on a largely autonomous basis subject to OMRN principles, mandates and goals. The Working Groups also maintain the ongoing responsibility of supporting the overall OMRN in national initiatives and engage in network wide activities.

The Working Groups capitalize on the range of talents among the OMRN’s membership of over 500 researchers and research users across Canada, mobilizing their expertise to address the complex set of ocean and coastal issues confronting Canadians.

Adaptive Co-Management Marine Protected Areas Linking Science and Local Knowledge Socio-Economics for Integrated Management International Ocean Governance Tourism and Coastal Development Socio-Economics of Climate Change Ocean and Coastal Indicators Fisheries and Aquaculture Ocean Technology and Geomatics Coastal Community Health