Marine Mammal Research in Canada

The Center of Expertise in Marine Mammalogy (CEMAM): grouping DFO science experts working on a wide variety of innovative scientific projects to obtain information on the dynamics, ecology, habitat, migration and health of marine mammals from coast to coast.

Research Themes

Research Themes

Marine mammal research is organized into three broad themes:

Special Projects

These themes are not mutually exclusive. In some studies there can be considerable overlap.

Research Tools

Research Tools

Marine mammals spend much of their time below the surface, which complicates attempts to study them. Early attempts to obtain information on marine mammals used stomach contents from hunted animals and incidental catches for information on diet, and derived diving patterns, habitat use and movements from their prey's distribution. Over the last three decades significant developments in miniaturization of electronic devices have led to the conception of highly useful research tools. VHF and satellite-linked transmitters, time-depth recorders, and even video cameras now provide information on numerous aspects of marine mammal behaviour. Moreover, improvements in genetics and biochemistry have resulted in new techniques enabling the study of animal health, foraging ecology and evolution, to name but a few.

Laboratories and Teams

Laboratories and Teams

Scientists and science programs are based in DFO research institutes across the country.

Maurice Lamontagne Institute (IML)
Mont-Joli, Que

Freshwater Institute Science Laboratory (FWI)
Winnipeg, Man.
*Yellowknife Office, N.W.T.

Pacific Biological Station (PBS)
Nanaimo, B.C.

Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO)
Dartmouth, N.S.

Northwest Atlantic Fisheries (NWAFC)
St. John's, N.L.

Reports and Publications

Reports and Publications

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