Research and Education for the Conservation of Baleen Whales

Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) is a non-profit, charitable research organization based in both Canada and the United States, dedicated to ecological studies of marine mammals and marine ecosystems. Founded in 1979 by Richard Sears, MICS was the first organization to carry out long-term research of cetaceans in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and first to carry out long-term studies of the endangered blue whale. The principal study areas include the Quebec North Shore in the Mingan Island / Anticosti region, the Gaspe Peninsula and St. Lawrence Estuary.





NOTE: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

For the first time in 42 years, MICS remained closed during the 2020 summer field season due to the global covid-19 situation. We are now in preparation for our 2021 field season and we hope to be able to conduct our research season from June on, while respecting the best work conditions for our staff, partners and for the people from the local community.










MICS has been conducting research in the St. Lawrence in collaboration with many academic and research partners and boasts one of the largest data sets on blue whales in the world.



Since the 1980s, MICS has offered the public a unique chance to join researchers on their vessels to experience the life of a whale field researcherfirst hand.


Donate breach

As a non-profit organisation, MICS relies on donations to fund its long-lasting research. By donating, you help continue our research efforts on the great whales.



Partners and Sponsors

We would like to thank the following organizations for contributing so generously to MICS.