The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) announced in May that it’s investing $2,067,770 in a four-year research project off the coast of Baffin Island. The project, run by the Nunavut Fisheries Association, will examine the commercial viability of porcupine crab, offshore and inshore turbot and enhanced trawling technology.
CanNor is also providing $526,130 over two years to develop the inshore turbot fishery in Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut. The project includes experienced Pangnirtung fishermen training local fishermen and installing a walk-in, energy-efficient freezer to store fish. The territorial Department of Economic Development and Transportation is also investing $369,720 in the project and the hamlet is contributing $23,300.
The federal government is also investing $1,261,890 over five years in University of Waterloo projects that will help identify and restore coastal ecosystems in northern Canada. The university will work with the Kugluktuk Hunter and Trappers Organization to identify migratory patterns and overwintering habits of Arctic char and Dolly Varden trout in the Coppermine River and river systems near Kugluktuk, Nunavut. The study will also include a restoration plan for one to two high priority streams that support fisheries and are subject to low-flow events and fish stranding.