Industry partners form an integral part of the research. The project aligns with an OSC project (OceanVision), led by Kraken Robotics. Through this OSC link, research activities will work closely with Kraken, Clearwater Seafoods & Nunavut Fisheries Association (NFA) & will develop close working links with Cape Breton Fish Harvesters Association (CBFHA), Fisheries & Scientist Research Society (FSRS), & NFA. It is anticipated that other opportunities to engage with fishing, community & indigenous groups will also be developed through these work packages during the lifetime of the project. The work package will also partner with Dartmouth Ocean Technologies (DOT) for technology support in developing a citizen science approach to benthic monitoring using low-cost subsea cameras. Research will also collaborate with technology providers, QPS & R2Sonic, as well as with vessel support from Leeway Marine. The project will also link with DeepSense for support in big data analytics, & Ocean School for public outreach & engagement. A number of academic institutions will also partner in the BEcoME project in various capacities, (University of Kiel; Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory; University of Florida; National Oceanography Center; Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo; Nova Scotia Community College; CIDCO). Finally, collaboration will take place with several sectors/divisions within Fisheries & Oceans Canada (DFO), the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) & Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).