The Canadian Healthy Oceans Network is a strategic partnership between university researchers and government - predominantly Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) - scientists. The Network aligns Canadian marine science capacities in order to address a need to develop scientific guidelines for conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity resources.
CHONe is a Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Strategic Network that has been funded for 5 years, beginning in 2008.
CHONe is deliberately broad in scientific and geographic scope because our outputs must flow from scientific discoveries on basic processes in the ocean to the implementation of well-defined policy and management that will have real and measurable impact on conservation and sustainable ocean use. Policy decisions that lack a strong scientific justification are likely to fail because ocean stakeholders will be reluctant to support conservation initiatives if there is no concrete evidence that any change in access to resources will produce tangible benefits. CHONe will deliver products to test conservation approaches and assumptions, and provide a suite of tools that can be used in new applications to ensure that future policy and management decisions are grounded in the best science possible to obtain the desired outcomes for all stakeholders.