Consultation on Nunavut Fishery Regulations
Current status: Closed
This consultation ran from February 11, 2018, to July 31, 2019.
Although the Nunavut Agreement came into effect in 1993 and Nunavut was established in 1999, Nunavut fisheries are still managed under the Northwest Territories Fishery Regulations. New regulations are needed that are consistent with harvesting rights and wildlife management systems established under northern Land Claims Agreements, and to modernize governance structures that support implementation of Indigenous self-determination.
Nunavut Fishery Regulations are being co-developed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, Government of Nunavut, and Makivik Corporation. The Regulations are proposed to apply to all fish (including marine mammals) as defined by the Fisheries Act, and currently includes the areas within the Nunavut Settlement Area (including the Areas of Equal Use and Occupancy) and the Nunavik Marine Region.
Who is the focus of this engagement
This consulted with:
- The public, specifically the public living in the Canadian Arctic
- Arctic Indigenous Groups
- Fishers, Hunters & Trappers
- Territorial governments
Key questions for discussion
The Nunavut Agreement created a co-management system with defined and complementary roles for the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, Regional Wildlife Organizations, and Hunters and Trappers Organizations, while recognizing Inuit harvesting rights, including fishing rights.
We wanted your feedback on how the Nunavut Fishery Regulations could support the following goals:
- Recognize the existing responsibilities and authorities of fisheries management in Nunavut
- Recognize Inuit harvesting rights
- Support the implementation of the fisheries (wildlife) management provisions of the Nunavut Agreement
- Ensure the sustainability of fish stocks and fisheries
- Support and preserve access to markets for Nunavut fish products
The input gathered through this process will be used to inform the Nunavut Fishery Regulations, and will respect and consider the principles and concepts of traditional knowledge and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit.
The input gathered through this process will be used to guide the implementation of the Arctic region.
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