North Water Beluga Survey
Principal Investigator: Richard, Pierre (3)
Licence Number: 12316
Organization: DFO
Licensed Year(s): 1993
Issued: Jan 01, 1993
Project Team: J. Orr, L. Dueck

Objective(s): To conduct an aerial survey of all beluga observed in the region of Baffin Bay, Smith Sound and Kane Basin as part of the mandate of the Canada/Greenland Joint Commission on the Conservation and Management of Narwhal and Beluga; to determine the distribution and abundance of beluga in these areas; to count other marine mammals as they are observed during the beluga survey.

Project Description: The North Water Survey for beluga will involve the use of satellite images to locate open water, and photography to instantly record large numbers of beluga and other marine mammals sighted. Work will be conducted out of Resolute and Pond Inlet, and the survey will take in all areas of open water north of 73'00 latitude. The survey is a result of a recommendation by the 1992 Canada/Greenland Commission on the Conservation & Management of Narwhal and Beluga.