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Background on the Inauguration of ONE OCEAN

In the fall of 2001, the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NOPB) sponsored a series of meetings with industry representatives from the fishing and petroleum sectors to address the issue of establishing a liaison organization to enhance working relationships between the two industries. The meetings were held at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland (Marine Institute) and facilitated by campus officials. At the conclusion of the meetings, there was general consensus from both groups regarding the need for and format of an appropriate liaison model for Newfoundland and Labrador.

Each industry recognized the need for enhanced communication and information exchange as part of developing a cooperative working relationship between the fishing and petroleum sectors. It was determined that a liaison model would provide independent expert analysis and interpretation on identified subjects and provide a proactive approach to potential areas of conflict. Both industry sectors agreed to situate the liaison organization at the Marine Institute.

In May 2002, the inter-industry organization ONE OCEAN was launched to operate as a liaison organization for the fishing and petroleum sectors and provide a forum to enhance mutual knowledge and understanding between two important industries operating in a common marine environment. In 2006, One Ocean was formally incorporated under the province of Newfoundland and Labrador as One Ocean Corporation.


ONE OCEAN is the liaison organization established by and for the fishing and petroleum industries of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2002. The organization is comprised of a Chairman, Secretariat and the One Ocean Industry Board; the Board has equal membership representation from both industry sectors.

The continued growth of the fishing and petroleum industries is critical to the economy of Newfoundland and Labrador. One Ocean provides a neutral and practical forum to enhance sustainable coexistence and facilitate communication, understanding, and cooperation.

To achieve the level of understanding and awareness for successful coexistence, it is necessary that One Ocean has a working knowledge of the technical, environmental and operational activities of each industry. It is also important that the organization is familiar with scientific research, regulatory regimes and maintains working relationships with other entities affiliated with fishing and petroleum interests.

An objective of One Ocean is to assist the fishing and petroleum industries in understanding each sectorís operational activities. An important element of this objective is the timing and location of offshore operations as fishing and petroleum activities may overlap. Effective communication and joint planning will ensure both sectors are aware of proposed activities and provide the opportunity to identify and address specific industry concerns and develop mutually beneficial safe practices and protocols.

One Ocean does not represent the fishing and petroleum industries in Newfoundland and Labrador Ė it represents the mutual interests of both. To successfully accomplish this, One Ocean must maintain the confidence of both sectors in its ability to remain neutral and promote the interests of both sectors.

The ONE OCEAN model is unique to the world. It is a proactive entity that enhances the opportunity for information dissemination and progressive joint initiatives for two industries operating in one ocean.

One Ocean is housed at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, 155 Ridge Road, PO Box 4920, St. Johnís, NL, Canada A1C 5R3. One Ocean maintains a website:

Maureen Murphy Rustad
Director, One Ocean
Telephone: 709 778-0511 Mobile 709 727-6799


One Ocean shall be the medium for information exchange regarding industry operational activities between the fishing and petroleum industries in Newfoundland and Labrador, and as an information entity, will initiate research and industry specific activities to meet industry challenges, as well as promote cooperation, transparency and information dissemination between these industry sectors.


MAUREEN MURPHY RUSTAD, was born and raised in St. Johnís, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. After graduating from the Toronto School of Business she worked in London, England for several years then moved to France to continue her studies at the Universitť de Pau. Murphy Rustad worked in France for six years where she became active in marine affairs. Maureen returned to Canada to complete her Masterís degree in Marine Management. Murphy Rustad worked for Fisheries and Oceans Canada before joining One Ocean in 2003 as a Research Analyst. Murphy Rustad was the Manager of Operations for One Ocean before her appointment as Director in 2010.