Jack Orr

Marine Mammal Reseach Technician

Field Leader and Logistic Specialist

Current research and/or projects

Jack Orr joined the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in 1981, as a marine mammal management technician in the Central and Arctic Region. As part of his work, he conducted stock assessment research on beluga, narwhal and walrus. He has been a marine mammal research technician in Arctic Research Division since 2000.

Jack Orr has worked with many likeminded individuals, such as Inuit Resource Users, Researcher Scientists, Veterinarians, Biologist, Students and many other talented individuals. Over the last 35 years his work has focused largely on population assessment of Arctic cetaceans (belugas and narwhals), including hunter kill biological sampling, population census surveys and studies of movement and habitat use patterns using satellite tracking and time-depth recording. For the past 30 years Jack has been developing and perfecting field techniques related to the capture, handling and tagging of belugas and narwhals from eastern Russia to Svalbard.


Research and/or project statements

  • Population Dynamics of Arctic whales
  • Movements and Spatial Use of Arctic whales

Education and awards

Wildlife Management
(Lethbridge Community College)

International experience and/or work

Research Technician, involved in stock assessment of beluga, narwhal populations. Research also on habitat use of same species.

Marine Mammal Management Technician, involved in stock assessment of beluga, narwhal and walrus populations.

Key publications

Research facility

501 University Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N6