The University of British Columbia, Dalhousie University and the Université du Québec à Montréal will receive a total of $2.9 million in funding from the Government of Canada under its Whale Science for Tomorrow initiative. The funds are for scientific research on the Southern resident killer whale, the North Atlantic right whale and the St. Lawrence Estuary beluga.
A joint initiative between Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Whale Science for Tomorrow are intended to strengthen the ability of Canadian universities to support the federal government’s whale conservation objectives, while preparing the next generation of scientists to ensure the long-term conservation and recovery of these endangered whales.
The investment will facilitate Canadian whale experts advancing the existing knowledge of the threats that face these marine mammals. The improved understanding will provide decision-makers and policy advisors with the information they need to develop innovative solutions to support enhanced recovery efforts. The investment will support approximately 24 jobs over the next two to four years.
Three research projects were selected by a volunteer evaluation committee of representatives from academic and non-academic institutions. They will encompass a range of activities:
The new partnerships and scientific results produced by these research initiatives will strengthen decision-making, resource management and conservation strategies to support the recovery of these whales in Canadian waters.