Research

Science paired with Mi'kmaq traditional knowledge is the key to UINR's research activities. This unique pairing has been called "Two-Eyed Seeing" and brings together the best of western science and traditional knowledge.

UINR's research is guided by our communities and the advice and guidance of our community's Elders. Our emphasis is research on species of concern to Mi'kmaq such as oyster, lobster, eel, gaspereau and other food fishing species. Species at Risk and invasive species are also of great concern at UINR.

Clean drinking water and marine water quality are an important part of our work. We are responsible for monitoring drinking water safety in our communities and check water quality weekly in four of our communities.

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How old is that salmon??

How old is that salmon??

February 25, 2013Commerical Fisheries, Research

Staff from UINR, Eskasoni Fish & Wildlife Commission and Potlotek Guardians were at hand at a workshop, hosted by UINR, to age salmon by examining their scales. Fred Whoriskey, Executive Director of the Ocean Tracking Network, provided the background of his organization’s activities in the Bras d’Or Lakes and throughout Nova Scotia. He explained some … Read More

Training for CAPTAINS and FIRST MATES

Training for CAPTAINS and FIRST MATES

February 24, 2013Commerical Fisheries, News, Research

Training for CAPTAINS and FIRST MATES on the identification, handling and release of marine animals considered species-at-risk such as marine mammals, sharks, wolffish and sea turtles. Presentations will be given by the Canadian Sea Turtle Network, Marine Animal Response Society and the World Wildlife Fund.   MEMBERTOU and POTLOTEK–Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, Tuesday February … Read More

New Research Article on Eel Parasite Published

New Research Article on Eel Parasite Published

February 12, 2013News, Research

UINR is proud to announce the publication of our first research article in the journal BioInvasions Records of the Regional Euro-Asian Biological Invasions Centre (REABIC). Distribution, prevalence and intensity of Anguillicoloides crassus in the American eel, Anguilla rostrata, in the Bras d’Or Lakes, Nova Scotia was written by Shelley K. Denny, Angela Denny and Tyson … Read More

Kataq: Journey of Our Eels

Kataq: Journey of Our Eels

December 10, 2012News, Research

A new children’s book was published today that tells the story of a Cape Breton eel from a Mi’kmaw perspective. Kataq: Journey of our Eels is illustrated by well-known artist Dozay Christmas and is written by Angela Denny and Shelley Denny of the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources. The book is in English with side-by-side … Read More

Research opportunities

Research opportunities

November 13, 2012News, Opportunities, Research

UINR is a partner in a federal joint fisheries governance project called Fisheries–Western and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (Fish-WIKS). The project theme is “Exploring distinct indigenous knowledge systems to inform fisheries governance and management on Canada’s coasts.” It is a community-led project to improve fisheries management by incorporating indigenous traditional knowledge. Several opportunities are now available … Read More

Can salmon climb trees?

Can salmon climb trees?

October 24, 2012Commerical Fisheries, Forestry, News, Research

At first glance it might be difficult to see the connection between salmon and trees, but a project by Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources–UINR, and Cape Breton Collaborative Salmon Initiative–CSI Cape Breton, hopes to change that. The partners are working on a cooperative salmon habitat restoration project that will see 2000 trees planted along the … Read More

SHELLFISH HARVESTING BAN

SHELLFISH HARVESTING BAN

September 12, 2012News, Research

  Due to the recent heavy rain Fisheries and Oceans Canada has placed a ban on shellfishing in the Bras d’Or Lakes, the Atlantic coastline of Guysborough and Richmond Counties, the shoreline from Guysborough to Halifax Counties and Cape North to Cape Smokey. The ban will likely be In place for a week to ten … Read More

Charlie Joe Dennis Launches

Charlie Joe Dennis Launches

August 29, 2012Commerical Fisheries, News, People, Research

There’s a new fishing vessel sailing the seas around Unama’ki and people familiar with natural resources in Cape Breton will instantly recognize her name–Charlie Joe Dennis. It is appropriate that a man who has been so closely associated with Mi’kmaq fisheries all his life would receive this honour. The Eskasoni community gathered to celebrate at … Read More

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