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Proceedings 2011/025

Zonal Advisory Meeting of the National Marine Mammal Peer Review Committee (NMMPRC): Advice on a community allocations model for harvesting Baffin Bay Narwhal; May 6, 2011

Chairperson: Don Bowen


The National Marine Mammal Peer Review Committee (NMMPRC) held a zonal science peer review on May 6, 2011, via WebEx and teleconference. The purpose of this meeting was to review the underlying assumptions for an allocation model for narwhals from the Baffin Bay population in Canada. The model is to be used by co-management partners (Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board and Nunavut Regional Wildlife Organizations) as a tool to allow them to explore options for allocation of harvests to Nunavut communities. The model is meant to ensure that Total Allowable Landed Catches for the four Baffin Bay narwhal summering stocks (Somerset Island, Admiralty Inlet, Eclipse Sound and East Baffin Island) are sustainable. Meeting participants included Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Science (National Capital, Maritimes, Quebec and Central and Arctic regions), DFO Fisheries Management, the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and the Qikiqtaaluk Wildlife Board. A working paper was drafted and distributed prior to the meeting along with an example of the model to allow testing. During the meeting, participants discussed the assumptions underlying the model and their  uncertainties. This proceedings report summarizes the relevant discussions. The science advisory report and its supporting research document from this process will be posted as they become available on the DFO Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat Website.

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