MiniPAT Used in New Telemetry Program

The Wildlife Computers MiniPAT is being used as part of a collaborative project between the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, fisheries joint management committee, and the Inuvialuit Game Council. Acquiring new telemetry data for Eastern Beaufort Sea beluga whales were identified as a key priority gap to understanding movement ecology in a changing ecosystem.

The new beluga telemetry program is using the MiniPAT tags for population and location data. The tags were attached using live capture methods last spring. It was during this project that the Inuvialuit expressed the need for a less invasive approach so the team used this opportunity to experiment with less invasive methods for attaching the tags.

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