News Summary

  • 2018 / 09 / 18


    By Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    With a hesitation in her step, she walks down the ramp to the boat launch in the Tadoussac marina, where a Zodiac is waiting for her. “It’s steep, be careful,” the captain warns her. Holding the arm of a boat attendant, she finds her place...

  • 2018 / 09 / 18

    With the Belugas… Hot to Trot!

    By Équipe BpJam / Beluga / Field notes

    Monday, August 27, 2018. Aboard the BpJAM, we set out of the Tadoussac port in search of belugas to continue our routine photo-ID monitoring. Despite the presence of fog on the St. Lawrence, weather conditions seem promising for good observations. Af...

  • 2018 / 09 / 17

    Opening of the Northwest Passage: Marine Mammals at Risk

    By Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Beluga / Issues

    With Arctic shipping routes increasingly used by merchant shipping, an ice-free Arctic Ocean could put the resistance and adaptability of marine mammals to the test. Ship strikes and increased light and noise pollution can be problematic for whales a...

  • 2018 / 09 / 14


    By Camille Bégin-Marchand / Whale portraits

    From the bulletin Portrait de baleines, September 7, 2018 Bp903 has two long, pronounced scars on its left chevron that make it easy to recognize. Its dorsal fin does not show any notches, but it does have a well defined sickle shape. Its chevron als...

  • 2018 / 09 / 11

    Wave of Solidarity for Belugas

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Beluga-en / Headline

    The summer of 2018 has seen a succession of announcements for investments and new projects designed to better understand and protect belugas. Because it is important to take the time to celebrate our victories, here is a summary of good news for St. ...

  • 2018 / 09 / 07

    Cleanup of “Seventh Continent” Set to Begin

    By Béatrice Riché / Actions

    On September 8, The Ocean Cleanup project will deploy its first floating system designed to capture waste in the waters of the North Pacific. Over the next six months, some 30 horseshoe-shaped floaters will be launched to clean up the “seventh con...

  • 2018 / 09 / 07

    September Blues

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Observation of the week

    Just before students head back to school and knitting season returns, the long Labour Day weekend has allowed thousands of vacationers to flock to the North Shore and Gaspé regions. And the whales were also plentiful! In Percé, a park warden posted...

  • 2018 / 09 / 07


    By Camille Bégin-Marchand / Whale portraits

    From the bulletin Portrait de baleines, August 31, 2018 Bp929 is a fin whale recognizable by the conspicuous white spot shaped like an infinity symbol (or the number “8”) just to the right of its blowhole. Its dorsal fin is slightly curve...

  • 2018 / 09 / 06

    Postdoctoral fellowship offer – Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) in collaboration with GREMM

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Beluga / On the calendar

    Project title Spatiotemporal Individual-Based Modelling of the St. Lawrence Estuary Beluga Population Project background and objectives St. Lawrence Estuary beluga population is currently listed as endangered under the Species at Risk Act of Canada. ...

  • 2018 / 09 / 04

    Port developments on the Saguenay: Fisheries and Oceans Canada experts sceptical

    By Marie-Ève Muller / Beluga / Issues

    Two marine terminal development projects could triple maritime traffic in the Saguenay and lead to a 10% increase in traffic in the remaining critical habitat of the St. Lawrence beluga. In July, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) su...