Bedford Institute of Oceanography

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Bedford Institute of Oceanography
Established in 1962 as Canada's first, and currently largest, federal centre for oceanographic research, BIO derives its name from the Bedford Basin, an inland bay comprising the northern part of Halifax Harbour, upon which it is located. Spread out over 40 acres (160,000 m²) of former Canadian Navy land near Shannon Park in Dartmouth, BIO consists of a series of interconnected buildings housing research labs and offices, as well as docks for Canadian Coast Guard and Canadian Navy research vessels. As the federal government seeks to concentrate its operations in the Halifax Regional Municipality, BIO is being considered for additional office buildings to house other non-oceanographic and non-research organizations and their employees. The new headquarters for the Coast Guard is currently under construction there.

Current operations
BIO houses several organizations from various federal departments which perform targeted research mandated by government or in partnership, advise on marine environments, provide navigational charts covering Georges Bank to the Canadian Arctic, and respond to environmental emergencies. Housed organisations include:
  • Canadian Coast Guard
  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Maritime Region)
    • Canadian Hydrographic Service (Atlantic)
  • Department of Natural Resources (Atlantic Region)
    • Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic)
  • Department of the Environment
  • Department of National Defence
    • Working with CHS Atlantic.

Building Activity

  • updated a digital reference
    about 6 years ago via Annotator
  • updated a digital reference
    about 6 years ago via