At the center of Canada is the great inland sea of Hudson Bay, or Kangiqsualuk ilua, a frigid tongue of the Arctic Ocean. Hospitable to an estimated 57,000 beluga whales and other marine mammals, it reaches farther south than the European capitals of Scandinavia, Germany and Russia.
Because Hudson Bay is the world’s most southern arctic and subarctic ecosystem, it is especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change and the impact of industrial activities like hydroelectric projects.
Western Hudson Bay and Its Beluga Estuaries Protecting Abundance for a Sustainable Future
Western Hudson Bay is globally signification wildlife habitat, as well as the site of important historic and cultural sites. Western Hudson Bay and Its Beluga Estuaries: Protecting Abundance for a Sustainable Future advocates for a national marine conservation area in this region.
Protecting Manitoba’s Beluga Estuaries
The river estuaries in Western Hudson Bay provide invaluable summer habitat for one-third of the world’s beluga whales. However, climate change and industrial impacts threaten this region’s ecological viability and have the potential to fundamentally impact the economic base and health of coastal communities that rely on its natural resources for sustenance.
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