More than 600 gathered in St. Andrews last night to rally against recent federal budget cuts.

Organized by the Save Ocean Science (SOS), the group formed a human SOS to express support for environmental science.

The SOS event was organized as a follow-up to a public forum on July 18, regarding the impacts of cuts on aquatic science at the St. Andrews Biological Station.

The brand new St. Andrews Biological Station Library is slated to close in 2013, the Contaminants and Toxicology program is to end, and the Habitat program will be reduced.

About seven scientists and librarians received layoff notices in May.

Besides forming the SOS, people carried signs saying "save ocean science,"  "keep environmental response team," and "don’t gut fish protection."

Caroline Davies, Chairperson of SOS, says she was pleased with the turn out.

"It is clear that we are not alone in decrying the recent cuts to government science … we came together ... to show support for our scientists and librarians and the work they do and to raise concern about the lasting impact of the cuts to science in St Andrews and across the country," Davies said in a news release.  


  • An earlier version of this story contained incorrect information on the number of DFO employees that have received layoff notices. Seven layoff notices have been handed out.
    Oct 05, 2013 11:54 PM AT