The North Water Polynya, called Pikialasorsuaq in Greenlandic, is one of the planet’s most productive ocean ecosystems. An open-water area surrounded by ice in northern Baffin Bay, it supports an abundance of marine mammals, including narwhal, walrus, seals and polar bears, as well as seabirds and a variety of fish. Covering about 85,000 square kilometres, the Arctic’s largest polynya provides crucial habitat during annual migrations.
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. This report is the first major report from the Pikialasorsuaq Commission, a commission made up of representatives from both sides of Baffin Bay, and which provides recommendations for the conservation and management of the region.