The Beluga News: Summer 2020

The first issue of the Beluga News, published Summer 2020, provides information on Churchill’s beluga whale population.


Atlantic Canada Public Opinion Study

Oceans North, the Conservation Council of New Brunswick and the New Brunswick chapter of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society were interested in better understanding how Atlantic Canadians (residents of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island) perceive the state of the oceans. This report contains the results of polling that was conducted over the summer of 2019. The survey was supported by The Ocean Foundation.


Atlantic Canada Environmental DNA Workshop Report

This report details the outcomes of the first Atlantic Canada Environmental DNA Workshop, held at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and hosted by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Nova Scotia Salmon Association and Oceans North. It includes recommendations for future work, summaries of the presentations given and a map of past, current and future research projects involving environmental DNA in Atlantic Canada.


Assessment of the Mary River Project Impacts and Benefits

There is currently a proposal to expand the output of the Mary River iron ore mine in Nunavut’s Qikiqtani region. In this report, University of Manitoba economics professor John Loxley examines the current and potential benefits for regional Inuit rights holders. His findings suggest that, unless significant changes are made to the benefit regime, rapid expansion of the mine will not allow Inuit to capitalize on revenues—in particular employment income—before the resource is exhausted.


Informing Canada’s G7 Presidency A Workshop on Global Marine Plastics Solutions

Informing Canada’s G7 Presidency: A Workshop on Global Marine Plastics Solutions, describes key findings from the workshop and recommends four categories of action: (1) foundational actions needed for success, (2) actions Canada can take at home, (3) actions the G7 can advance, and (4) actions that require broader global partnership.


Canada’s Arctic Marine Atlas

Canada’s Arctic Marine Atlas, published jointly with Ducks Unlimited Canada and World Wildlife Fund Canada, offers a comprehensive look at an environment undergoing dramatic shifts due to climate change.


Western Hudson Bay and Its Beluga Estuaries Protecting Abundance for a Sustainable Future

Western Hudson Bay is globally signification wildlife habitat, as well as the site of important historic and cultural sites. Western Hudson Bay and Its Beluga Estuaries: Protecting Abundance for a Sustainable Future advocates for a national marine conservation area in this region.


People of the Ice Bridge The Future of the Pikialasorsuaq

Pikialasorsuaq is the largest Arctic polynya and most biologically productive region north of the Arctic Circle. The Pikialasorsuaq Commission, made up of representatives from both sides of Baffin Bay, issued this report in 2017 with major recommendations for the conservation and management of the polynya.


The Integrated Arctic Corridors Framework Planning for responsible shipping in Canada’s Arctic waters

The Integrated Arctic Corridors Framework proposes a comprehensive system of tiered, risk-based shipping routes, and an associated governance structure, that would integrate safe shipping, Inuit rights, and environmental protection, and provide benefit to Canada, the shipping industry, and Arctic communities.


Becoming Arctic-Ready Policy recommendations for reforming Canada's approach to licensing and regulating offshore arctic oil and gas

Canada’s system of regulating and licensing offshore oil and gas development requires major reforms to create an Arctic-ready future to protect this region and its people from environmental harm.


Tallurutiup Imanga NMCA National Marine Conservation Area

What should successful conservation look like? Oceans North celebrates the finalization of Tallurutiup Imanga, a national marine conservation area co-governed with Inuit that protects more than 109,000 square kilometres of rich Arctic waters.

Imaryuk Monitors

Seventy kilometres of the new 140-kilometre highway between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk runs along the shore line of Imaryuk (Husky Lakes). In this video, we meet the members of the Imaryuk Monitoring Program, who work to ensure this culturally important area is maintained for future generations.

Tallurutiup Imanga

Poetry and images explain why Lancaster Sound, known now as Tallurutiup Imanga, needs to be protected.
Video © The Pew Charitable Trusts and Ducks Unlimited.

Keepers of Darnley Bay

A day in the life of Inuvialuit from the community of Paulatuk, part of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. The film features the ecological and cultural importance of Canada’s second Arctic marine protected area, Anguniaqvia Niqiqyuam.

Protecting Manitoba’s Beluga Estuaries

The river estuaries in Western Hudson Bay provide invaluable summer habitat for one-third of the world’s beluga whales. However, climate change and industrial impacts threaten this region’s ecological viability and have the potential to fundamentally impact the economic base and health of coastal communities that rely on its natural resources for sustenance.
Video © The Pew Charitable Trusts and Ducks Unlimited.