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Coastal habitat comprehensive research project

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For an introduction to the research project, click here

Project Overview

The Coastal Habitat Comprehensive Research Project is a large-scale research program overseen by Niskamoon Corporation covering the entire eastern coast of James Bay and involving all four Cree coastal communities. The program was created following an agreement signed between the Cree Nation Government, Niskamoon Corporation and Hydro-Québec in August 2016 with the objective of better understanding the generalized decline of eelgrass (Zostera marina) habitats along the eastern James Bay coast. This species has been shown to be extremely important to the ecology of the coastal region.

The Coastal Habitat Comprehensive Research Program is governed by the following overarching questions:

  1. What are the main factors affecting the current growth of eelgrass along the eastern coast of James Bay?
  2. What is the impact of the current state of eelgrass beds on waterfowl presence along the coast of James Bay and, subsequently, Cree hunting activities?

For an overview of the Eeyou Istchee’s Eelgrass ecosystem, click here.

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Studies and Research Methods

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    June 7, 2021
    Geese Video (Cree narration)

    The goose project is linked to the eelgrass study and more importantly to the work of the remote sensing team. It is also intricately linked to the Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) study so that we can better understand changes that occurred in the goose populations harvested during the last 60 years.

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  • Blog posts

    May 26, 2021
    Remote sensing of eelgrass beds in Eeyou Itschee

    My name is Kevin Clyne a graduate student at the University of New Brunswick whose research focus is on the remote sensing of eelgrass beds in Eeyou Itschee using freely available, multispectral satellite imagery. Our team has been working to establish a baseline distribution map of eelgrass alone the entire Eastern coast of the bay...

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