SOAR - SUSTAINABLE OCEANS APPLIED RESEARCH
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SOAR is a not-for profit organization based on in Freeport and Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. We are part of coastal communities sustained by fishing, ocean tourism, aquaculture, tidal energy, and oceanographic research.
Our mission is to advance applied research as needed to help restore and maintain sustainable coastal communities and marine ecosystems, with focus areas in clean renewable energy and healthy food supplies. This includes advancing innovations in fishing, tidal energy, and aquaculture.
We provide services and infrastructure to assist researchers and technology developers with access to the coastal ocean, including the entrance to the Bay of Fundy, eastern Gulf of Maine, St. Mary’s Bay, and two high energy tidal channels that are a global focal point for marine energy and smart-grid innovation (Grand Passage and Petit Passage). In addition to advancing research needed for sustainable industry development, SOAR has important roles in a) training and education, b) tourism, and c) communication with government.
We are a provider of employment in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in rural coastal Nova Scotia, including jobs in oceanography, marine biology, ocean technology, and computer science. We collaborate regularly with several academic institutions, ocean industries, technology developers, indigenous organizations, other not-for-profit organizations.