The challenges associated with the changing climate, need for increased ocean food production and rapidly increasing access to the North Atlantic and Canadian Arctic Gateway are too large-scale and complex for one institution, one research sector or one country to tackle alone. 


OFI is a partnership led by Dalhousie UniversityMemorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Prince Edward Island.

Academic support for OFI is also provided by Nova Scotia Community College and the University of Alberta.


  • Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Germany - Researchers explore the effect of high northern latitude processes and change on lower latitude climate and ecosystems, as well as the effect of large currents on ecosystem shifts in productive coastal waters.
  • Christian-Albrechts-Universitat zu Kiel, Germany - Focused on geological hazards, fisheries biology within ecological and economic constraints, ocean climate change, atmosphere-ocean interactions and maritime law and ocean governance.
  • GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Oceans Research, Germany - One of the world’s leading institutes in the field of marine sciences. GEOMAR has an ongoing interest in the Northwest Atlantic, particularly regarding the variability in ocean processes in the Labrador Sea.
  • Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Norway - Provides advice to Norwegian authorities on aquaculture and the surrounding ecosystems. IMR is extremely active in aquaculture planning, salmon health management and wild-culture interactions.
  • ISBlue (formerly LabexMER), France - To address the increasing challenges facing ocean and coastal ecosystems, the "Interdisciplinary graduate School for the blue planet" (ISblue) was created to train the next generation of ocean innovators and science leaders and place them at the forefront of research to answer the needs of the growing blue economy through top level research-based training.
  • Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), USA - A leader in ocean, atmosphere and earth sciences, with a mission to seek fundamental knowledge about the origin, evolution and future of the natural world.
  • Marine Institute, Galway, Ireland - Marine research, technology development and innovation that informs policy and supports the sustainable development of the country’s marine resource.
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), USA - WHOI scientists and engineers are committed to understanding all facets of the ocean as well as its complex connections with Earth’s atmosphere, land, ice, seafloor and life.

Private Sector

Public Sector

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Defense Research and Development Canada
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • National Film Board of Canada
  • Province of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Province of Nova Scotia
  • Royal Canadian Navy