Marine Systems

Current research projects (2019-2023)

Marralik estuary beluga project

Location: Kangiqsualujjuaq, Nunavik
Marralik estuary is a traditional beluga hunting site and one of the only beluga sites that is close to Kangiqsualujjuaq. It has been closed to harvesting by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) for many years because they claim it is a unique population of beluga and therefore must be protected. Inuit Knowledge (IK), on the other hand, says that these belugas are not a unique population, but come from those in the Hudson Strait. This research project involves sampling Marralik beluga using non-lethal methods to provide genetic samples to DFO. Results of this sampling may aid in re-evaluating the hunting ban and potentially improve food security in nearby villages.