December 2013-January 2014
Thanks to the High Arctic Cetacean Survey project, which in August 2013 covered the major portion of Nunavut’s archipelago, scientists will have an updated inventory of all narwhal and bowhead whale populations in Canada's High Arctic.
A brand new research project on the St. Lawrence's beluga whale population began at the end of summer 2013 and will continue for three years. The main purpose of this study is to administer pregnancy tests to the belugas in the St. Lawrence to determine whether their reproduction rate is normal. The team is interested in concerns raised in 2007 about possible poor recruitment in this population.
A public consultation is currently being held on adding several populations of cod, redfish and plaice on Canada's east coast to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk. Before deciding whether these groundfish populations will be added to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk, Fisheries and Oceans Canada would like to know Canadians' opinion.
In 2001, a hydrographic survey conducted by the Canadian Hydrographic Service in Mont-Joli for National Defence revealed the existence of a strange underwater crater. Found near Sept-Îles at a depth of 40 metres, this circular structure generated considerable interest among researchers, geologists and geomorphologists, who saw it as an "enigmatic form" of "great interest."
Fisheries and Oceans Canada will soon hold a consultation on the Eastern Canada Coral and Sponge Conservation Strategy. The Department will target different stakeholders from the fishing, shipping, mining and oil industries, as well as non-governmental organizations, First Nations, and federal and provincial departments.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada is continuing its efforts to better understand the impact of climate change on the St. Lawrence's marine ecosystem. Scientific teams in the Quebec region are therefore conducting several research projects to learn more about the situation.
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