Beaufort Sea beluga satellite tagging program

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Tags: biology, beluga whale, dna, marine mammals, whale, satellite data, whale movements

Principal Investigator: Richard, Pierre (3)
Licence Number: 12400
Organization: Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Licensed Year(s): 1993
Issued: Jan 01, 1993
Project Team: J. Orr, T. Martin, C. Wright, plus several residents of Tuktoyaktuk and Inuvik

Objective(s): To affix satellite tags to ten various-sized male and female beluga and track their movements within the area of the Mackenzie River estuary and beyond.

Project Description: Beluga whales will be herded into shallow waters with boats and kept there for a short period of time. Whale size and sex will be determined and a small sample of skin will be taken for DNA analysis. Satellite tags will be attached to the dorsal ridge area of ten whales. These tags will allow the researchers to locate the whales' movements and diving patterns over the next several months.