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Maritime Sealife Seekers
Where do you fit it?
We want your records of marine life! We are limited in how many sites we can get to and your records can help fill in some of the gaps.
It is easy for you to contribute to this community science project. As you explore our marine environment – from boat, scuba diving, or on the shore – snap photos of your interesting finds. You can then upload them to one of our Sealife Seekers iNaturalist projects.
We're particularly interested in sightings of unusual or invasive species. But all records of marine invertebrates, fish or mammals are welcome!
To submit a record you will need the following information:
Photo or video clip
Position using your phone GPS, chart/map position or a pin on Google maps
Depth of observation if diving
Don’t worry about whether you know the species name. Huntsman Marine experts and the iNaturalist community will help to identify your observation. Your contribution will then become part of a comprehensive species list for our area!
For the Fundy Shore Sealife Seekers project our geographic area of interest spans from Saint John, NB to the Canada/USA border. This also includes the western isles, such as Grand Manan, Campobello and Deer Islands.
We also have a Maritime Sealife Seekers project that welcomes records from the broader Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia Atlantic coast, and shoreline along northern New Brunswick and surrounding Prince Edward Island.
Follow these steps to get involved today!
If you do not wish to take part through the iNaturalist app then you can email your observation records directly to email@example.com with “Sealife Seekers” in the subject line. Please include a photo/video of your observation and all the information listed above.
The New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund funded the first two years of survey work. The project is being extended with support from Fisheries and Oceans Canada as part of their Coastal Environmental Baseline program. Founding project partners include the Peskotomuhkati Nation, Dr. Anaïs Lacoursière of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Fundy North and Grand Manan Fishermen’s Associations, and Dr. Gary Saunders from the University of New Brunswick.
Between 1964 and 1978, over forty years ago, Art MacKay and his colleagues catalogued the marine species and habitats of the western Bay of Fundy region. Their efforts methodically surveyed hundreds of sites in our area by SCUBA diving.
Since 2021, Dr. Claire Goodwin and the Huntsman Marine team have been resurveying those original sites. We will compare our data to the original dataset to see how species and communities have changed over time.
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