The Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans has given $643,900 in funding for four research projects focusing on seals and sea lions in Canadian East Coast waters. These programs seek to learn more about the marine animals’ population, migrations, and diet, as well as their significance in the environment.
The Fish Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) will receive $93,925 for a two-year research that will follow seal sites and abundance changes over several decades.
Dalhousie University and Memorial University will each receive $160,000 and $200,000 for studies that will investigate seal diets and their influence on fish populations. In addition, the Heiltsuk Tribal Council in British Columbia will receive $200,000 to gather data on the numbers of California and Steller sea lions, as well as their effects on Pacific herring.