Sean Smith

Aquatic Science Technician
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Current research and/or projects

Mr. Smith is an accomplished field biologist. He grew up in the fishing community of Sambro, NS and was making trips on commercial fishing vessels at an early age. He has a proven ability to problem solve under adverse conditions. He has logged many miles in small vessels as an offshore skipper.

Some highlights of his research include:

  • Worked with industry to determine Atlantic mackerel distribution and biology on the Scotian Shelf.
  • Satellite tagging of bluefin tuna and swordfish, including development of highly successful tagging attachment techniques.
  • Planning and executing surveys for bluefin tuna and groundfish, including Chief Scientist on an international scientific mission to the Central North Atlantic (2001).
  • Designing databases for fish diet and marine mammal sightings.
  • Mr. Smith is one of few people trained in the identification of cephalopods using hard structures. This expertise was developed through collaboration with scientists in the U.K and at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington.
  • Skippering a 30-foot sailboat from the Galapagos Islands to Halifax (1985-1987).

Education and awards

Aquaculture Technician Program , NBCC St. Andrews, 1983

B.Sc. Hon. Biology, Acadia University, 1989

M.Sc. Biology, Dalhousie University, 1992

Key publications

  1. Smith, S.C., and H.Whitehead. 1993. Variations in the feeding success and behaviour of Galapagos sperm whales as they relate to oceanographic conditions. Can. Journal of Zoology. 71: 1991 - 1996.

  2. Smith S.C., and H. Whitehead. 2000. The diet of Galapagos sperm whales as indicated by fecal samples. Mar. Mammal Science. 16 (2): 315-325

  3. Smith, S.C., Neilson, J.D., and E.H. Carruthers. Summary of Canadian Bluefin Tuna Sampling Activities Supported by the ICCAT Bluefin Tuna Year Program. SCRS - 2004.

  4. Smith, S.C., Neilson, J.D. and Stacey Paul. Summary of Ongoing Canadian Bluefin Tuna Sampling Activities Supported by the ICCAT Bluefin Tuna Year Program. SCRS/2005/088