The Management Board has identified the following 2015-2018 research priorities for the ESRF.
Spill Preparedness and Response, Fate and Effects: to support marine safety by studying the fate and effects of accidental releases of petroleum and other hazardous substances in the Arctic marine environment and improve responses.
Regional Effects Assessment and Management: to support stakeholders in preparing and reviewing applications for oil and gas activities on themes including biophysical, socio-economic, traditional knowledge and cumulative effects.
Atlantic Offshore Region
Seismic: to improve the understanding of the effects of seismic sound on commercial fish and invertebrates, as well as marine mammals and/or species at risk.
Oil and Gas Liquids Spill Fate and Effects: to support marine safety by studying the fate and effects of accidental releases of petroleum in the Newfoundland-Labrador and Nova Scotia Offshore Areas.