The Canadian Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, Diane Lebouthillier, has announced funding of over $643,900 for four research projects related to seals and sea lions. These projects involve collaboration with Indigenous groups, industry, and academia to gain a better understanding of these species’ impact on Canada’s fisheries and aquatic ecosystems. The research will focus on seal and sea lion diets, abundance, and distribution. These initiatives were launched following the Seal Summit in 2022, aiming to expand the Canadian seal products market, enhance scientific knowledge, and incorporate traditional Indigenous knowledge into research efforts.
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