Ellyn Davidson

2022 Weston Family Awards in Northern Research recipient

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PhD candidate
University of Windsor

Ellyn is thrilled at the chance to return to Baffin Bay. The University of Windsor PhD candidate conducted her master’s research in the same area and has worked on other projects in the Canadian Artic. Currently, she is studying the movement patterns of Greenland halibut, a large deep-water flatfish.

Abundant in inshore and offshore waters across Baffin Bay, Nunavut Greenland halibut are an important part of the marine ecosystem and the primary fisheries resource in the Eastern Canadian Arctic.

While researchers are beginning to understand their behaviour in inshore areas, very little is known about their behaviour offshore; Is it a place of residency or simply a migration corridor to southern spawning grounds? Investigating this question is important for a broader understanding of Greenland halibut ecology.

Furthermore, since this species supports an active offshore commercial industry and a developing inshore community fishery, understanding its movement behaviour is also hugely valuable for maintaining sustainable management decisions.

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