Photostory #411: Canada's Arctic Marine Biologists' Far-ranging Study: The World of Life Under the Polar Stars
National Film Board of Canada
March 1, 1966
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
In an ultra-modern setting - just yards from the high-speed traffic skimming along one of Montreal's super-expressways - a group of Canadian scientists are busy on a wide program of biological study that stretches full across the immense reaches of Canada's vast arctic and sub-arctic territories. From this new Arctic Biological Station of the Fisheries Research Board, staff members travel to distant areas of northern Canada to gather scientific data on seals, walrus, whales, sharks, salt and fresh-water fishes, and the complex, minute maritime life that inhabits the deep and shoal waters of the Arctic Archipelago. Through their painstaking research into biological oceanography, marine mammals and fishes, plus other associated studies, will come information that will enable the future use and conservation of northern fisheries resources to be planned to best effect. For the biologists the research work means months of travel by aircraft, motor-toboggans, canoes, dog-teams, inflatable rubber boats and motor vessels, followed by long periods of intensive laboratory analysis and office studies. Specimens large and small, collected during field trips, are examined in greater detail in the center's laboratories and accumulations of data are put into meaningful form with scientific thoroughness. The work of the Arctic Biological Station is helping the nation, blessed with wide regions of natural splendor and rich resources, assess the true value and inherent worth of a vital aspect of Canada's arctic domain.