Discover the ocean.Understand the planet.

Working for the advancement of science and the benefit of Canada.

#ONCabyss Expedition will be running from 1-14 June 2020. Read more and watch live here

Evidence-Based Decision Making

The state of the ocean is an important indicator of the overall health of the planet. The ocean off the coasts of Canada, including the Arctic, comprises some of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on Earth. This makes Ocean Networks Canada data relevant to global users.

A new study using ONC's hydrophone data reveals a significant reduction in underwater noise during the COVID-19 shutdown, which may be good news for endangered southern resident killer whales. When the coronavirus put the world on lockdown, David Barclay, assistant professor at Dalhousie University’s Department of Oceanography, recognized a unique opportunity. Without leaving his home in Atlantic Canada, Barclay was able to remotely study the Pacific Ocean soundscape using ONC’s open and freely available, continuous, real-time data. 

Read more. 

Hushed seas: monitoring underwater noise during COVID-19

NEW Summer Webinar Series! While many of us transition to working and learning from home during this extraordinary time, we invite you to dive into Ocean Networks Canada’s continuous real time data and online offerings. Whether you are a parent or teacher with kids at home, an undergraduate student studying the ocean, or an ocean enthusiast with time to spare, we have something for everyone. Watch for new content coming to our Learning from Home page

Online ocean science resources to #knowtheocean

The Internet-Connected Ocean

Map of Ocean Networks Canada Canadian Infrastructure and Partners Map.

Ocean Networks Canada monitors the west and east coasts of Canada and the Arctic to continuously gather data in real-time for scientific research that helps communities, governments and industry make informed decisions about our future.

System Status

  •   Database
  •   Data Acquisition
  •   Oceans 2.0

Building a Smarter Ocean

Smart Ocean™ Systems operationalizes Ocean Networks Canada’s innovative technologies and expertise for the benefit of Canada and the world. Cabled observatories, remote control systems and interactive sensors, and big data management enable evidence-based decision-making on ocean management, disaster mitigation, and environmental protection.

From 1-13 March, Natural Resources Canada and Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) embarked on the annual spring expedition aboard CCGS John P. Tully to maintain infrastructure at observatory sites in the southern Salish Sea and offshore locations at Folger Deep and Barkley Canyon. Led by ONC’s marine operations experts, the 18-member team of scientists, engineers, technicians, data specialists and Canadian Coast Guard crew were able to complete 52 out of 56 planned operations, making it a successful mission. Read more

Sensors, science and sampling: March 2020 expedition highlights

ONC’s new researcher in residence program invites global researchers across basic and applied science to advance interdisciplinary research using our ocean observatory systems and 14 years of archived data. Craig Smith, from the University of Hawaii, is a researcher in residence at ONC until June 2020 where he will focus his research on benthic ecology using whale falls.

Researcher in Residence: Craig Smith on whale falls

Big Data. Big Solutions.

Long-term, continuous scientific data from the ocean environment are gathered by Ocean Networks Canada and made available through Oceans 2.0—a powerful online data management system. Oceans 2.0, combined with high-performance computing, allows ONC to provide ocean analytics that assist researchers, communities, industry, and policy-makers in making evidence-based decisions in Canada and globally.

Earthquake Data




One of ONC’s newest data stewardship initiatives developed over the last year is MINTED (Making Identifiers Necessary to Track Evolving Data), funded by the CANARIE Network. Due for public release later this month, this exciting project addresses the growing need to cite research datasets that change over time. Read more

Coming soon: MINTED dynamic citation tool

Every year since 1992, when Canada proposed the concept to the United Nations, the world has celebrated our global ocean on 8 June. This year, World Oceans Day is uniting action to grow the global movement to #ProtectOurHome, calling on world leaders to protect 30% of our blue planet by 2030. Safeguarding at least one-third of our ocean through a network of marine protected areas is a critical first step towards ensuring a healthy home for all. ​Read more.

Celebrate World Oceans Week with ONC and partners

Ocean Networks Canada is seeking input from the research community to formulate a new and bold science strategy for 2021-2030 and beyond, that will build on successes and existing strengths, launch new leading-edge research and infrastructure, and contribute to national and international science initiatives. The new decadal science strategy will guide support for observations and experiments using ONC infrastructure. Expressions of Interest are invited from all individuals or groups of researchers who wish to continue research programs or undertake new time-series studies and experiments using ONC’s ocean observing infrastructure or cyber-infrastructure. 

Call for Expressions of Interest



1 to 14 Jun 2020, 08:00 - 23:00 Watch Live! #ONCabyss Expedition
10 Jun 2020, 11:00 - 12:00 PDT Watch Live! Summer Webinar Series


Folger Pinnacle Rockfish Conservation Live Cam:

The live cam and other oceanographic sensors are situated on a 23 m deep pinnacle in the Folger Passage. It records for 5 minutes every hour. For archive data from this site go to Oceans 2.0