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COSEWIC Assessment and Update Status Report on the Beluga Whale in Canada

Biographical Summary of the Report Writer

Dr. Thomas G. Smith is owner of E.M.C. Eco Marine Corporation and Drakeheath Kennels, consultants in arctic biological research, wildlife surveys and outfitting for natural history film and magazine projects. He is an honorary fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America and holds adjunct professor status at McDonald College of McGill University. Dr. Smith worked for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada for 26 years as scientist in charge of Arctic Marine Mammal Research at the Arctic Biological Station. He retired, in 1994, as Head of their Marine Mammal Section at the Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo, British Columbia.

Much of his arctic research involves population, ecological, behavioural and ecotoxicological studies of the marine mammals hunted by the Inuit of the Canadian arctic. He has written two monographs on ringed seals and one on beluga whales and has published over 150 papers in the scientific literature on many aspects of arctic and antarctic marine mammal research.


Authorities Contacted

Name of jurisdiction

Name of contacts March to June 2002


Department of Fisheries and Oceans

 


Institute Maurice Lamontagne, Mont-Joli

M.O. Hammill, V. Lesage, J.F. Gosselin, and R. Bailey;


Freshwater Institute, Winnipeg

H. Cleator, S. Cosens, P. Richard, and B. de March;


DFO Inuvik

L. Harwood;


DFO Iqaluit

P. Simon


Wildlife Management Boards

 


Fisheries Joint Management Committee

R. Bell, and B. Day;


Nunavut Wildlife Management Board

M. Wheatley;


Makivik Corporation

S. Olpinsky, and D.W. Doidge;


International Whaling Commission

A.R. Martin, and R.R. Reeves


COSEWIC Secretariat for information on sources of Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge

Conference call (March 2002)


Personal Communications

B. de March, DFO, Winnipeg, Man.;
S. Cosens, DFO, Winnipeg, Man.;
R. Michaud, GREMM. Tadoussac QC;
L. Otis, Les Escoumains QC;
P. Richard, DFO, Winnipeg, Man.;
E. Wetaltuk, Inukjuak, QC.


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