June 27th, 2022
This three-week expedition aimed to discover, explore, and monitor deep-sea ecosystems within several existing and proposed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) while sharing the joy of discovery of the incredible life and wonders hidden far below the waves. Owing to the region’s uniquely small, active, and nearshore tectonic plates, there is an incredible concentration of seamounts, hydrothermal vents, and cold seeps that are globally rare biodiversity hotspots. While the main goal is conservation through protection and recovery, the expedition partners recognize the importance of their research in ensuring healthy oceans for all. The science co-created by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Council of the Haida Nation, Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, and Ocean Networks Canada will contribute to a better understanding of these remarkable and fragile ecosystems.
This expedition is an endorsed Decade Activity in the Northeast Pacific through the Challenger 150 and Seabed 2030 global programmes.
Learn more about the expedition by visiting Ocean Network Canada's Northeast Pacific Deep-Sea Diversity Expedition webpage.