The IOF is home to an extensive community of researchers and trainees whose collective expertise ranges across zoology, economics, marine geochemistry, resource management, oceanography, anthropology and sociology, marine and aquatic ecology, international law, and public policy. Our administrative and research staff provide IOF members with effective analytical, operations, communications, IT, financial, and administrative support.

In keeping with this interdisciplinary environment, our faculty and researchers often serve as advisors and consultants to local, regional, and international governments, agencies, and non-governmental organizations. They developed, and in some case founded, some of the central tools and approaches that are core to the industry (such as FishBase and Ecopath with Ecosim). They actively participate on boards and councils of many national and international panels, including: the United Nations, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Fisheries Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard; the David Suzuki Foundation; and others. In addition, faculty hold offices in scholarly societies and committees, as well as reviewing and serving on editorial boards for a wide range of journals and publications.

With such engaged faculty, we have attracted students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers of all genders from across the globe. These trainees help us broaden and expand our understanding of the world’s oceans and freshwater systems, and the communities who depend upon them.