On a recent trip to the EU, Ocean Innovation Centre (formerly ONCCEE) Director Scott McLean visited the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN).
In May 2012, Ocean Networks Canada signed a 2-year agreement with PLOCAN to explore collaborations in ocean observing systems, including educational outreach and technology transfer to industry.
PLOCAN is a consortium dedicated to marine science and technology, located in Gran Canaria, the second most populous island of the Canary Islands. Like Ocean Networks Canada, PLOCAN combines ocean observing facilities with test bed services. The PLOCAN offshore infrastructure is a fixed structure located 4 km from the coast at a depth of 50 metres.
PLOCAN is associated with the University of Las Palmas. On October 26th, Scott gave a talk at the university introducing Ocean Networks Canada, on behalf of the University of Victoria.