Foxe Basin Walrus Hunt Monitoring Program

Regions: Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut

Tags: contaminants, biology, wildlife, population dynamics, marine mammals, tissue sampling, walrus

Principal Investigator: Stephenson, Tasha (1)
Licence Number: 12409
Organization: Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Licenced Year(s): 1993 1992 1991
Issued: Jan 01, 1993
Project Team: J. Garlich-Miller, M. Keast, L. Anderson

Objective(s): To monitor biological and population parameters of walrus in the area; to identify and delineate walrus stocks; to determine harvest levels and hunting loss rates; to determine contaminant levels in walrus tissues.

Project Description: This project will involve the collection of data on the harvest of walrus in the Foxe Basin area. Measurements will be taken on the walrus harvested and tissue samples will be collected for the purpose of assessing contaminant levels in tissues. Hunters from Igloolik and Hall Beach will be trained in sampling techniques and the local Hunters' and Trappers' Associations will be contracted to carry out the sampling program. DFO will monitor the hunts.