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Proceedings 2013/007

Proceedings of the regional advisory process on the Arctic Char (Salvelinus alpinus) population from Qasigiyat Lake, Cumberland Sound, Nunavut; January 10-11, 2011

Chairperson: R.F. Tallman
Rapporteur: M.-J. Roux


A Regional Science Advisory Process (RAP) to assess Arctic Char from Qasigiyat Lake (Ptarmigan Fjord, Cumberland Sound) was held in Iqaluit on January 10-11, 2011. The objectives of the meeting were to (1) assess and report on the current status of the Qasigiyat Lake Arctic Char stock, including a review of all new information; (2) identify and highlight sources of uncertainty in the assessment; (3) provide advice on a total sustainable harvest level for the stock; and (4) develop a monitoring plan to assess the long-term sustainability of the fishery. Meeting participants included fishers from Pangnirtung, a member of the Pangnirtung Hunters and Trappers Organization (HTO), the Government of Nunavut Fisheries and Sealing, Pangnirtung Fisheries Ltd, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Science and Fisheries Management, DFO Science in Newfoundland and Labrador region and external experts from the University of British Columbia and University of Manitoba. The participants reviewed the available science information for the stock, and reached a general consensus that the Arctic Char stock from Qasigiyat Lake is currently harvested at a sustainable level (at or below the maximum sustainable harvest level). Patterns in biological characteristics of the population were generally confirmed by information provided by the Pangnirtung participants. They provided their knowledge of the Qasigiyat Arctic Char stock which was incorporated into the assessment, and underlined the importance of integrating traditional knowledge (Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit) information particularly in early stages of sampling design and data interpretation.

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