Equipped with advanced genomic technologies, federal researchers are building the knowledge that may enable prediction and possibly even prevention of harmful algal blooms—the often-toxic green slime caused by uncontrolled growth of cyanobacteria that invades our waterways every summer.
Federal researchers are using genomics technologies to enhance monitoring of biodiversity at the bottom of Canada’s lakes and rivers—a key indicator of the health of a body of water.
With support from the GRDI, scientists have developed a cost-effective, non-invasive method of parentage-based tagging from genotypes of hatchery broodstock.
With the help of funding from the GRDI, scientists at Fisheries and Oceans Canada have gathered data to identify which salmon are wild and which are from a hatchery, focusing on Chinook salmon populations that spawn in rivers along the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Researchers with Fisheries and Oceans Canada have confirmed that farmed salmon are interbreeding with wild Atlantic salmon in rivers along the south coast of Newfoundland.
A key to the successful outcomes of the Genomics R&D Initiative has been to ensure Canadian researchers have the tools they need to explore the almost infinite potential of genomics to enhance the health, safety and economic well-being of Canadians.
With support from the Genomics R&D Initiative, genomics research conducted at Fisheries and Oceans Canada has allowed for the re-opening of an important fishing ground for Indigenous people in Canada's North. The northern Dolly Varden charr is an important part of the diet, traditions and culture of the Inuvialuit and Gwich'in peoples in northern Canada.
Based on research funded by the Genomics R&D Initiative, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is re-examining its approach to managing redfish stocks off Canada's east coast.
As a result of the Quarantine and Invasive Species research project funded by the Genomics R&D Initiative, Canada now has the capacity to quickly and accurately identify thousands of organisms, from insects to plant viruses, which can cause billions of dollars in damages.