Shipping effects on walrus in the Foxe Basin / Hudson Strait complex

Description

Walrus hauled out on a rock beach at South Ooglit Island, in Foxe Basin. Walrus return to the same haul out sites year after year, and are very susceptible to disturbance at these sites. Photo: DFO

The largest Atlantic Walrus population in the Canadian Arctic, which is found in the Foxe Basin/Hudson strait complex, is facing increased stress from climate change and shipping traffic, potentially threatening both individual walruses and populations. This project aims to better understand and predict ecosystem changes in this region and their effect on walruses by defining the sources and impacts of climate change and shipping. This project will produce a map that illustrates high-risk areas and other threats, identify any knowledge gaps that should be addressed, and provide tools for management and development planning.

Program Name

Strategic Program for Ecosystem-based Research and Advice (SPERA)

Ecoregion(s)

Arctic: Hudson Bay, James Bay, Foxe Basin

Principal Investigator(s)

Jason Hamilton

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