Ecology of the Marine Copepod, "Limnocalanus", in Relation to Bowhead Feeding Sites along the Yukon Coast

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Tags: biology, aquatic ecology, oceanography, aquatic invertebrates, plankton, bowhead whales

Principal Investigator: Sekarak, Aaron (1)
Licence Number: 8120
Organization: LGL Limited
Licenced Year(s): 1988
Issued: Jan 01, 1988
Project Team: William Griffiths; Michael Bradstreet; 2-3 technicians

Objective(s): to study the oceanographic and meteorological conditions that promote the development of dense concentrations of the copepod, "Limnocalanus", in nearshore waters along the Yukon Coast; to collect samples of plankton and water for later laboratory analysis; and, to determine whether there are distinct populations of "Limnocalanus" along the Canadian Beaufort coastline

Project Description: Dr. Sekarak and his team will be collecting samples of plankton and ocean water from the Canadian Beaufort Sea coastline. These samples will be brought back to the Inuvik laboratory for analysis. At Shingle Point, the researchers will also be recording weather conditions and the temperature, clarity, and salt content of the ocean. They hope to use this information to find out more about important bowhead whale feeding areas.