Principal Investigator:Pearce, Tristan D Licenced Year(s):
The objectives of this research project are to:
1. describe the beluga-Inuvialuit linked social-ecological system;
2. characterize Inuvialuit traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) of beluga whale: ecology and behaviour, hunting techniques, and food preparation;
3. document current stresses affecting beluga and Inuvialuit hunters and adaptive responses; and,
4. identify opportunities for TEK ...
Principal Investigator:Jenkins, Emily J Licenced Year(s):
The objectives of this research project are to assess the overall health of beluga in the ISR (Inuvialuit Settlement Region), and compare to southern populations; to determine which animals, and which tissues, harbour parasites transmissible to people through food-borne routes; and, to assess and communicate risks in a culturally appropriate and timely manner to local residents, harvesters, territ...
Principal Investigator:Morell Ybarz, Maria Licenced Year(s):
The overall goal of our project is to study indicators of beluga health, which will lead to increased knowledge about normal function and how disease and human activities may impact belugas in the Western Arctic. There are two aspects of this project which focus on respiratory and acoustic disease respectively. Beta defensins from beluga will be characterized and their expression in response to po...
Principal Investigator:Gordon, Leanne D.R.S Licenced Year(s):
The objective of this work is to explore the traditional knowledge of beluga whale hunting and harvesting practices of the Inuvialuit.
The type of data that will be collected and analyzed includes questionnaires, and interviews with Inuvialuit Elders (Inuvik). Elders will be asked about the tools they used during the hunt and harvesting, way of transportation, exact location of whaling camps a...
Principal Investigator:Wania, Frank Licenced Year(s):
The objectives of this research project are:
1. to investigate the impact of common preparation methods on the concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids and environmental contaminants in beluga muktuk;
2. to determine if phase separation in beluga muktuk causes oil and solid phases to have significantly different omega-3 fatty acid and contaminant levels; and
3. to suggest possible beluga muktuk co...
Principal Investigator:Ostertag, Sonja K Licenced Year(s):
The objectives of this study are to collect brain samples from beluga whales harvested in the ISR for
contaminant and brain analyses. The researcher will establish whether a link exists between contaminant exposure and brain chemistry. This information is important for understanding whether contaminants are affecting beluga health.
Sampling will take place for four to six weeks at Hendrickson...
Principal Investigator:Berkes, Fikret Licenced Year(s):
This project aims to understand how co-management helps the people of Tuktoyaktuk to deal with environment and resource problems. The researcher hopes to look at the role of the FJMC, and the exchange of knowledge between the Inuvialuit and government scientists.
Through meetings with Burton Ayles and Sheila Nasogaluak as well as a joint FJMC/DFO meeting, the Husky Lakes beluga entrapment issu...
Principal Investigator:Dressler, Wolfram Licenced Year(s):
The objective of the study is to identify both the current and future positive and negative impacts of nature-based tourism within the Delta. The study will be carried out through the Inuvik Research Centre. Tourists will be canvassed at drop-off points and surveys will be mailed out according to visitor listings. Visitor surveys will be left at camp grounds and hotels. The same procedure will occ...
Principal Investigator:Storace, Fleur Licenced Year(s):
The researcher will be in the ISR for a period of 4 weeks. The primary activity that the researcher will be undertaking will be to observe and talk to residents of the ISR. The researcher will begin her visit in the ISR by presenting her methods to the FJMC at their scheduled meeting on June 19 and 20th. If permitted, the researcher will accompany Ms. Cockney and Mr. Amos on monitoring rounds a...
Principal Investigator:Smith, Thomas Licenced Year(s):
This is an ongoing study since 1973 and has described the population size and behaviour of belugas. UHF tagged animals have outlined the migratory routes and seasonal movements of the whales. The researcher is now using newly designed tags which are linked by satellite to relay position, dive duration and depth and heart rate of the whales....