Tallurutiup Imanga is a territory rich in biodiversity and has always been used by the Inuit. The NMCA is an important contribution to Canada`s goal of protecting 10 per cent of its marine and coastal areas by 2020. With about 108,000 square kilometres, the Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area represents about 1.9 percent of this goal. The money should help municipalities meet their increased obligations under the Nunavut agreement to help create the new protected area, the QIA says. “Our goal with this agreement was also to provide opportunities for our communities.” The money comes from the Tallurutiup Imanga Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement, negotiated in 2019, when the new national marine reserve of the same name was created. Ecological value: Residents of the Nunavut Pond Inlet, Arctic Bay, Grise Fiord, Clyde River and Resolute Bay communities hunt and fish in these waters and depend on this traditional way of life for their economic and cultural well-being. Arctic cod are the linchpin of the Tallurutiup Imanga ecosystem and float in schools up to 30,000 tonnes in size. Cod is one of the main food sources for one of the richest marine mammal populations in the world. Most narwhals in the world, and one-seventh of their beluga whales – as well as bow-headed whales; walruses; and wrestlers, harp and bearded seals — use the water from Tallurutiup Imanga to feed, make the world and walk. August 1st was an important day from the Qikiqtani Inuit Assoc. (QIA) with the Canadian government announced the protection of two key areas: Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) was completed as a national marine conservation area with interim protection for Tuvaijuittuq Marine Protected Area. Together, these areas cover more than 427,000 square kilometres! Students on Ice was honoured and grateful to be welcomed in the arctic Bay Community and to participate in this historic announcement and community celebration.
Watch this room for a more detailed documentary video on this important announcement! Soon! Catherine McKenna, Environment and Climate Change, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Geoff Green, Junior Canadian Rangers – Junior Rangers, Parks Canada Parks Life “We are pleased to celebrate the protection of this spectacular marine ecosystem in a way that will benefit Inuit and all Canadians for future generations,” said Christopher Debicki, Vice President of Policy Development at Oceans North. This is a sign of Canada`s commitment to preserving its Arctic waters, including other bio-rich regions such as North Water Polynya. The new national marine reserve will be jointly managed by Parks Canada and Inuit as part of the agreement.