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Flame Retardants in St. Lawrence Whales

The Mériscope team is very happy! After the second biopsy sampling season in the Marine Park and the St. Lawrence Estuary, we have five new minke whale biopsies to be analyzed in the framework of our contaminant study. These biopsies will allow us to learn more about the accumulation and effects of halogenated flame retardants…
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Blue Whales at the Krill Buffet – as Singles, Pairs and Trios

Six blue whales in one day, in an area of less than 50 square kilometers, that’s the kind of observation that has become less common in the St. Lawrence Estuary in the last ten years. It is a good indication that the krill buffet must be rewarding, since these whales are feeding on krill swarms…
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St. Lawrence Belugas: Portrait of an Endangered Population in Decline

A sad day for the beluga population of the St. Lawrence, with two dead belugas reported to the Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network of the St. Lawrence Estuary and adjacent gulf. Despite legal protection since 1979 and a comprehensive recovery strategy, the beluga population of the St. Lawrence has been steadily declining for a decade…
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Contaminants and Their Effects on Whales of the St. Lawrence

“Together we have the power to protect the ocean”: inspired by the theme of the World Oceans Day 2014, the Mériscope launches a multi-year research program on contaminants and their effects on minke whales and belugas of the St. Lawrence estuary, in close collaboration with other research groups, universities, Canadian federal authorities, and the Marine…
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Minke Whale Monitoring: Results of a Long-Term Study

In the framework of our minke whale monitoring project, the Mériscope team has analyzed the sighting data of the years 2001-2013. Two direct results of this study are a bachelor thesis at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and the launch of our minke whale catalogue. We have also initiated a wide collaboration…
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Passive Acoustic Monitoring of Belugas and Harbour Porpoises – New Studies on the Effects of Anthropogenic Noise

June 1st, 2010 – This season, we will be conducting passive acoustic monitoring of belugas and harbour porpoises in the St. Lawrence, in close collaboration with the German Oceanographic Museum in Stralsund and the University of Greifswald (Germany). The aim of the beluga study is to compare call rates of social vocalizations in three acoustically…
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Environmental Groups Win Against British Columbia Government in Historical Lawsuit over Salmon Farming

Vancouver, February 10, 2009 In an unprecedented jurisdiction, the British Columbia Supreme Court ruled that the federal government – not the province – has exclusive jurisdiction over the management of salmon farming. “The regulation of fish farming by the province is beyond its power,” said Greg McDade, the lawyer who pursued the case on behalf…
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