Community Based Monitoring of Ringed Seals in the Eastern Canadian Arctic

In collaboration with Hunter's and Trapper's organizations and local Inuit hunters, samples of ringed seal tissues have been collected during subsistence harvests from a number of Nunavut communities between 2002 and 2015. Tissue samples collected include muscle, liver, kidney, blubber, lower jaw, fur, whiskers, claws, stomach/intestines, reproductive tracts, and blood. In addition to tissue samples, measurements of standard length, axillary girth, total body weight, and sculp weight (weight of skin and fat) are taken at the time of sample collection. Communities from which samples have been collected include Sanikiluaq, Arviat, Pangnirtung, Resolute Bay, Kugaaruk, Repulse Bay, Hall Beach, Gjoa Haven, Chesterfield Inlet, Igloolik, and Pond Inlet. Samples have been used to study feeding ecology, growth and reproduction, mercury and contaminants, prevalence of disease, population age structure, and harvest statistics.

Metadata Access
Creator Ferguson, Steve
Publisher Canadian Cryospheric Information Network
Contributor Polar Data Catalogue
Publication Year 2016
Rights Research programs, CCIN, or ArcticNet take no liability for the use or transmission of this data
OpenAccess true
Contact brentgyoung(at); pdc(at)
Language English
Format Computer file
Discipline Ecology
Spatial Coverage (-95.870W, 56.530S, -65.760E, 74.680N)
Temporal Coverage Begin 2002-09-01T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 9999-12-31T00:00:00Z