Researcher Profile

Bruce Atkinson

Job Title: Regional Director, Science, Oceans and Environment Branch, Newfoundland Region
Employer: Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Public School attended: Thornhill Public School
High School attended: Thornhill High School
Further Education: University of Waterloo (B.Sc., M.Sc.).
Geographic focus of research: Atlantic Canada

Brief synopsis of current research:
Former reasearch was related to groundfish species, particularly redfish and included both biological research and stock assessment. Currently am Director of SOE Branch with responsibility for:

a) research and assessment of groundfish, pelagic fish, shellfish, marine mammals and salmonids in waters of and around Newfoundland and Labrador including up into Davis Strait

b) oceanographic research in same area

c) hydrography (Canadian Hydrographic Survey) of same area (chart making and surveys)

d) environmental science - anthorpogenic effects on marine and freshwater environments including species

e) habitat management related to regulatory aspects of Fisheries Act and CEAA

f) Oceans Programs related to the 1997 Oceans Act - Integrated Management (IM), Marine Environmental Quality (MEQ) and Marine Protected Areas (MPS's)

Mailing address:
Regional Director, Science, Oceans and Environment Branch, Newfoundland Region, NWAFC, P.O. Box 5667, St. John's, NF A1C 5X1

The role of DFO science staff is to input into the conservation of our natural resources for present and future generations. Working on marine resources is an interesting and challenging career for scientists and biologists as well as technical staff. One gets to spend time both in the lab and in the field - both at sea in the inshore (small boats) and/or offishore (large boats) or working on lakes, rivers and ponds. The tools available and used both in the lab and at sea are diverse and at the forefront of technology. DFO science and scientists are also leaders in fisheries and environmental matters on a global scale. Working for DFO affords scientists with many opportunities to travel to other areas and to carry out meaningful interactions with the international science community.