Co-Chairs: Zou Zou Kuzyk (University of Manitoba)

David Capelle (University of Manitoba)

Robie Macdonald (Fisheries and Oceans Canada and University of Manitoba)

Early oceanographic research, which predominantly relied on data bases for offshore waters, led to the impression that Hudson and James Bays are unproductive seas because they are stratified by the storage of large amounts of river water. In contrast, Cree and Inuit who live along the coasts and researchers who have studied marine mammal and seabird populations contend that at certain times and at certain locations there is high productivity supporting vibrant food webs. Recent research has begun to turn attention to coastal waters, some of which host lush kelp forests and extensive eelgrass meadows. The purpose of this session is to share new knowledge of the oceanography in the coastal margin of Hudson Bay and James Bay with the view that a synthesis of knowledge will provide a better basis to understand biogeochemical cycling and the structure of food webs in the coastal domain, and their sensitivity to large environmental changes now underway.