Research Document - 2012/001

A synthesis of narwhal (Monodon monoceros) scientific advice and Inuit knowledge collected during Nunavut community consultations (May 25-31, 2011)

By A. White

Abstract

This report includes a synthesis of the available Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) scientific advice related to narwhals and the Inuit knowledge collected during Nunavut community consultations (May 25-31, 2011). Six communities were visited during the consultation tour: Clyde River, Pond Inlet, Arctic Bay, Resolute, Igloolik, and Qikiqtarjuaq. In addition, residents of Hall Beach and Pangnirtung attended meetings in Igloolik and Qikiqtarjuaq, respectively. In general, the scientific advice and the Inuit knowledge shared during the community consultations complement each other, but there are also some areas where the two types of information diverge. Inuit knowledge has the potential to complement scientific advice and to enhance our current understanding of narwhals, particularly with respect to observational data such as life history characteristics, habitat use, behaviour, and seasonal movements.

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