Some health parameters in two populations of ringed seals in eastern Nunavut

The ringed seal (Pusa hispida) is a very important wildlife resource for many Inuit communities in Canada. Through funding from Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Coastal Environmental Baseline Program and from the Nunavut Research Institute in partnership with Irving Shipbuilding Inc., information on various parameters of animal health was gathered between 2016 and 2018 in two populations of ringed seals (Eclipse Sound and Frobisher Bay) in eastern Nunavut. In collaboration with local Inuit hunters, tissue samples were collected to determine the concentrations of some essential and non-essential trace elements (including cadmium and mercury). Blood samples were also collected to determine the presence of antibodies against some pathogenic microorganisms of potential public health significance. This information will contribute to ensuring the continuous and safe use of ringed seals as a highly nutritious source of food for Inuit communities.

Currently, this dataset only contains the occurrence data of ringed seals in the targeted regions as well as some measurements taken on the specimens, such as height, weight, etc. Full data will be made available when the scientific paper is published.

This project is part of the Coastal Environmental Baseline Program Initiative under the Oceans Protection Plan of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

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Metadata Reference Date(s) July 13, 2021 (Publication)
July 13, 2021 (Revision)
Dataset Reference Date(s) May 01, 2016 (Creation)
July 13, 2021 (Publication)
July 13, 2021 (Revision)
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Pierre-Yves Daoust
University of Prince Edward Island
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