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Fisheries and Sealing

The Fisheries and Sealing division focuses on developing viable and sustainable industries that will ensure all revenues and opportunities derived from territorial resources benefit Nunavummiut. The implementation of the Nunavut Fisheries Strategy is a priority. The division works towards maximizing economic opportunities for Nunavummiut while upholding the principles of conservation and sustainability.

Objectives

The objectives of the Fisheries and Sealing division are to:

  • encourage and support viable, sustainable fishery, sealing and fur sectors in cooperation with stakeholders;
  • promote a clear understanding of the development potential of all three sectors through education and awareness; and,
  • represent Nunavut’s sealing and fishery interests at international, federal, provincial and territorial levels to ensure fair and equitable treatment.

Program Areas

  • The Nunavut Coastal Resource Inventory is tasked with building a compendium of traditional Inuit knowledge, including information utilized to monitor the health of the Arctic and the animals that live there and as baseline data to direct scientific studies.

  •  The Nunavut Community Aquatic Monitoring Program is tasked with assisting communities in Nunavut to develop economic opportunities and to become fully active participants in the conservation of their natural resources.