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In 2003, mussel growers in the Carleton area were concerned. An invasive species, the Japanese Skeleton Shrimp, had landed. It swarms onto the collectors and mussel culture lines. Would it put mussel spat at risk or slow its growth? Who knew? To determine whether the species was harmful, a Fisheries and Oceans project studied the "Japanese threat." Very closely.
At first blush it wouldn't seem as if training in astronomy is a natural fit for someone who ended up in oceanography, but it worked for Dr. Jim Gower. He is a researcher at the Institute of Ocean Sciences (IOS) located in Sidney, British Columbia on Vancouver Island. IOS is a centre for research on coastal waters of BC, the Northeastern Pacific, the western Canadian Arctic and navigable fresh waters - east to the Alberta border. As one of Canada's largest marine institutes, it represents part of DFO's ecosystem management approach to protecting the marine environment.
Assessing Impacts of Converting Oyster Leases from Bottom to Suspended Culture in Foxley/Trout River, PEI
Oyster aquaculture in Canada is gradually evolving from the traditional use of the benthic environment to suspension (off-bottom) culture. Some oyster culturists in the Foxley/Trout River system in Prince Edward Island (PEI) have been experimenting with this new approach and many lease holders in this area are now seeking to convert their bottom leases to suspended leases.
The Species at Risk team at Fisheries and Oceans Canada St. Andrews Biological Station is seeking information on the whereabouts of groups of the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis) in Canadian waters.
Have you heard of the green crab, skeleton shrimp, golden star tunicate or other tunicates? No? Believe it or not, these invasive species have besieged Quebec waters completely unnoticed.
In the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence, the biological diversity is remarkable, and reflects this vast area's wide range of environmental conditions.
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