Feature Articles

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A whale of a career that transformed the understanding of killer whales in BC John Ford, recently retired head of the cetacean research program at Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Pacific Biological Station, turns down his hydrophone as he contemplates how an endangered southern resident killer whale is able to echolocate a dinner of Chinook salmon, with boats passing overhead. Pacific 2017-10-06
First Nations Collaborations Aid Fisheries and Oceans Canada Research and Monitoring of the Iconic Wild Atlantic Salmon We have long focused research and conservation efforts on wild Atlantic salmon stocks on the East Coast. Our work with Indigenous communities in the Bay of Fundy lets us study and protect this endangered population. Maritimes 2017-06-26
Acoustic Research Reveals New Insights into the Distribution of Whales in the Gully Marine Protected Area Underwater noise generated by human activities is a concern for marine mammals, including several species at risk. Our research on the Scotian Shelf shows how this may be affecting their movements in and around critical habitats. Maritimes 2016-11-15
Thinking Out of the Box: Exploring Strategies to Reduce Sea Lice Infestations in Salmon Farms We’re looking for new ways to reduce sea lice infestations in salmon farms. Severe infestations can kill fish and lead to huge production losses in the aquaculture industry. Maritimes 2016-09-14
Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s National Aquatic Animal Health Laboratories Attain International Accreditation Research teams in Moncton, New Brunswick, have developed a faster way to detect infectious salmon anemia virus. This lets us stop the spread of the virus much sooner, protecting salmon stocks and production levels. National capital region 2016-07-11
Fisheries and Oceans Canada Validates Diagnostic Tests for Detecting Cyprinid Herpesvirus 3 in Common Carp and Koi In recent years, world production of the common carp has fallen significantly due to cyprinid herpesvirus 3. The disease has had a negative impact on a key food source as well as employment in many countries. National capital region 2016-07-11
Fisheries and Oceans Canada Develops a Faster Testing Method for Infectious Salmon Anemia Virus We depend on the ability to deliver accurate, reliable and consistent test results for detecting aquatic animal diseases. It safeguards our reputation for high-quality fish and seafood, and protects the livelihoods of those who work in the industry. National capital region 2016-07-11
Molecular Diagnostic Screening Enables Simultaneous Detection of the Shellfish Parasites Bonamia ostreae and Bonamia exitiosa We’re required to ensure that fish and seafood products are free of disease-causing agents. Find out how our research scientists developed new molecular screening techniques to detect some of them in shellfish. National capital region 2016-07-11
Underwater sound quest A 2012 study in the Gulf of St. Lawrence built a model for assessing noise pollution and its effects on marine life. National capital region 2016-03-04
Studying the Environmental Impact of Small Craft Harbours There are hundreds of public and private marinas and small craft harbours on the coast of British Columbia. This study looked into how they change coastal habitats and how they create new ones. Pacific 2016-02-05
Tracking the Titans: Research on Endangered Leatherback Turtles Informs a Recovery Strategy We equip leatherback turtles with satellite tags to track their movements in Canadian waters and their journeys to the tropics. This allows us to gather data on feeding, migration and nesting to inform our recovery strategy for the species. Maritimes 2016-01-29
Aquatic Barcoding We use DNA barcodes to identify fish, invertebrates and parasites. This can be more accurate, cost-effective and faster than other methods, making it useful to resource conservation and management. Pacific 2016-01-22
Research Reveals that Sea Ice and the Timing of Key Ecosystem Events Influences the Capelin Stock off Canada's East Coast Find out about our whale research and how the findings aid conservation efforts. Newfoundland and Labrador 2014-03-31
Whales The Lower St. Lawrence Estuary has undergone major changes in recent decades. Its lower oxygen levels and higher acidity are a threat to marine species. Our researchers explain the importance of understanding hypoxia and its effects on the organisms that live in these waters. Pacific 2014-12-22
Advances in knowledge about the state of the St. Lawrence: results of acidification and hypoxia work The 2011 tsunami in Fukushima, Japan, damaged a nuclear power plant and released radioactive material into the western North Pacific ocean. Our monitoring program tracks the movement of radioactivity across the Pacific to the eastern North Pacific and Arctic oceans. Quebec 2014-11-19
Highly Diluted Fukushima Radioactivity Becomes an Ocean Tracer, Providing New Insights into Ocean Circulation The work we do to predict and prepare for climate change in the North and its impacts elsewhere. Maritimes 2014-11-05
Climate Change and the Impact On Fish Species in the North Every year, the ocean's surface absorbs about one third of all carbon dioxide emissions. This can affect environments, species and commercial fisheries. Our research aims to mitigate these effects on the world’s oceans. Central and Arctic 2014-10-23
Ocean Acidification in the Northwest Atlantic: Exploring Effects on Marine Life and Ecosystem Processes Researchers at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute in Mont-Joli sampled beluga whales in 2013 to determine their pregnancy rates. Maritimes 2014-09-23
Pregnancy tests for the St. Lawrence's Beluga Whales! Assessing the state of fish stocks within our jurisdiction is a critical function. It’s important for conservation and for the viability of commercial fisheries. Quebec 2014-08-09
The Challenges of Stock Assessment The increasing water temperature in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence is a concern for snow crab and lobster. The increase is enough to potentially disrupt the life cycle and habitat of these creatures. Pacific 2014-07-13
Snow Crab and lobster in hot water! The Atlantic salmon has been returning to the Miramichi River more frequently to breed over the last 20 years. Our scientists report that this repeated homecoming is related to the high food supply in the area. Maritimes 2014-05-15
When the Atlantic Salmon comes home – more than once! The capelin is a keystone forage species in the Northwest Atlantic marine ecosystem. Research has revealed new insights into the factors that regulate its abundance. Gulf 2014-05-07
Keeping The Green Crab At Bay – A Proactive Approach The European green crab is an invasive species that can damage aquatic ecosystems and threaten native species. We’re managing them proactively to protect local resources. Pacific 2014-02-14
Tracking the Ecosystem Interactions of Shellfish Aquaculture As the demand for aquaculture products grows, it’s important that the industry be managed in an environmentally sustainable way. Dr. Peter Cranford’s research explores how shellfish aquaculture and coastal ecosystems interact with each other. Maritimes 2014-02-14
Extreme Weather – The Arctic Connection Dr. Eddy Carmack is looking at climate change in the Arctic Ocean and changes in the subarctic, Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The connectivity of these changes has been a theme that has run through much of his research. Pacific 2014-01-24
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