Capelin Spawning Observation

The Capelin Observers Network was established by Fisheries and Oceans Canada and various partners in 2002 to improve knowledge on capelin spawning. Through the network, the public can report their observations, and capelin spawning sites on the shore of the estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence can be better documented.

Capelin is a key species in the St. Lawrence ecosystem. It is one of the main food sources for several species of fish and birds and even many marine mammals.

Have You Seen Capelin Spawning?

If you see capelin spawning or notice signs of its presence (e.g., large flocks of seabirds, capelin stranded on the beach), you are invited to report where the capelin is rolling on our Internet registry.

You may also call our toll-free number or write to our email address to leave your contact information and observations (spawning date and location, quantity of rolling capelin, etc.)


For More Information

Documents of Interest


The Capelin Observers Network Posts its Data Online!
Infoceans – April-May 2011

Volunteers in the Field: Learning More About Aquatic Species
Special Edition – National Volunteer Week - aprill 2011