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An American lobster (Homarus americanus) on the seafloor off Southwest Nova Scotia.

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The gummy squirrel (a species of sea cucumber) was one of the deep-sea creatures featured on this week's episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

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A snapshot of the polynya on May 8, 2024, per NASA Worldview.

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Northern Latitudes: Mapping the North Water Polynya

Mapping enables scientists to capture and analyze both long-term and short-term dynamic changes in the North Water polynya, a vibrant and ever-changing marine environment. Even simple exercises, such as observing a timelapse of the polynya’s annual cycle, can reveal an almost living, breathing body of water.
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The Central Arctic Ocean Offers a Chance to Do Things Differently

The Central Arctic Ocean Fisheries Agreement prioritized research and planning before industrial activity proceeds. This year’s meeting is an opportunity to expand and build on that legacy.
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Atlantic herring.

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How to Value Forage Fish

Fisheries management decisions are too often based on short-term economic rewards that fail to include the future value of rebuilding healthy stocks.
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Seafloor sediments are an important but often overlooked carbon sink.

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How Much Carbon is Stored in Canada’s Seabed?

The seabed is a critical—but often overlooked—carbon sink. New research is showing just how important it is.
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Narwhal breach the surface in the North Water. Narwhal, along with other marine mammals, use this area for calving, foraging, and migration.

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The Ice Bridge: A Hotspot of Marine Biodiversity in the Arctic

When researchers assess biodiversity in the Arctic, the North Water Polynya has historically been identified as one of the most important hotspots in this region – and the most biologically productive area in all of Greenland’s waters.
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This trip followed in the footsteps of the Hudson Bay Quest Sled Dog Race, the Quest for the Bay documentary television series, and a previous snowmobile tour organized by Heartland Travel and guided by North Star Tours, who guided this iteration.

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Connecting to Each Other and the Land on the Indigenous Quest for the Bay

While the long, challenging trip from Gillam to Churchill reinforced a sense of distance, it also enabled me to see the way everything is connected.
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What's That Sound?

Ship noise affects the Arctic, its ecosystems and its communities. So what are we doing about it?

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2022 Annual Report

The Oceans North 2022 Annual Report provides highlights from the last year of our work in the Arctic, Atlantic and the high seas.