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Protecting James Bay, Belugas & More

August brought exciting news for marine conservation in James Bay! First, the Mushkegowuk Council and the federal government announced they were working together on a feasibility study for a national marine conservation area in western James Bay and southwestern Hudson Bay. At the same time, a 17-day research expedition gathered much-needed data on these waters. And in western Hudson Bay, our ongoing beluga studies revealed new insights.

As Canada's newest ocean charity, we're excited to share updates about  marine conservation projects we are working on in the Arctic and Atlantic regions, as well as news, events and other information. Look for this newsletter in your inbox every couple months, and forward it to anyone else who might be interested. And be sure to follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

A Big Step for Marine Conservation in Western James Bay

On August 9th, the Mushkegowuk Council and federal government launched a feasibility study for a new national marine conservation area in western James Bay and southwestern Hudson Bay.
Over the next two to three years, science and traditional knowledge will be collected that will inform how these waters should be protected and managed.
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Scientists Explore the Mysteries of James Bay

A 17-day research expedition last month gathered new data on this unusual marine ecosystem, which is under pressure from development and rapid climate change.

To learn more about our research and meet the scientists, watch these videos and read more on our blog. You can also see what life was like aboard the vessel. 

 

Studying Belugas in Hudson Bay

For years, Oceans North has been studying the thousands of belugas that return to western Hudson Bay each summer to breed and feed. This summer brought two new scientific developments.  

First, a new study confirmed the importance of the estuaries for belugas with calves, showing that the whales use a larger swath of the marine habitat than was previously known.

Second, scientists who study belugas in the Churchill region have formed a working group to share information and collaborate on this important research.

In the News

Ever wonder what it's like to get face-to-face with a beluga? Arctic Field Science Director Kristin Westdal talked to Quirks & Quarks about her research on interactions between tourist boats and beluga whales in Churchill, Manitoba. 

Listen here. 

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