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Introducing Canada’s Arctic Marine Atlas

Our new atlas provides a comprehensive overview of the Arctic marine environment, from the people who rely on its natural resources to the marine mammals and seabirds that thrive there.

Narwhals surfacing near Baffin Island, Nunavut.

Floe Edge Blog

How Does Ship Traffic Affect Narwhal in Nunavut’s Eclipse Sound?

An ongoing acoustic study in Nunavut's Eclipse Sound has found that shipping noise from the Mary River iron ore mine could be affecting narwhal's ability to communicate and put them at risk of short-term hearing loss.

Will Northern Cod’s Past Also Be Its Future?

We have unwittingly squandered opportunities for long-term stability in favour of short-term relief, and even the younger of us have seen it all at least twice.

A Pond Inlet resident watches as a freighter makes its way to the Mary River iron mine in Milne Inlet.


Fast-track Expansion of Baffinland Mine Doesn’t Help Nunavummiut

A slower approach to increased production at Baffinland's Mary River mine is needed to ensure Inuit are employed in sufficient numbers to benefit local communities and Nunavut.

Ship docked near Baffinland's Mary River mine in Nunavut.

Floe Edge Blog

Rapid Expansion of Mary River Mine Could Undermine Inuit Economic Benefits

A new report commissioned by Oceans North and released this week is raising concerns about whether Baffinland’s proposed expansion of the Mary River iron ore mine will live up to its promises to maximize Inuit employment and benefits from this project.

A shoal of Atlantic cod swim inside a fishing net.


Proposed Federal Strategy Won’t Help Rebuild Northern Cod Stocks

Proposed federal strategy won't help rebuild Atlantic's Northern Cod stocks.

Walrus bask on the rocks of Walrus Island near Southampton Island.

Travel Story

Coral Harbour Community Discusses Impact of Arctic Shipping

Three days and six plane rides after leaving Halifax, I finally arrived at my destination: Coral Harbour, Nunavut, the only community on Southampton Island which sits at the top of Hudson Bay.

Hunting boat in southern Melville Bay, Greenland.

Guest Post

Tapping into Hunters’ Knowledge Ensures Better Wildlife Management in Greenland

Tapping into hunters' traditional knowledge allows for more effective wildlife management in Greenland.

Narwhal pod swimming off Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada.

The wooden buildings are the remains of where shore-based cod fishermen or fish plant workers lived while working at a fish plant in Grady on the Labrador coast in the 1980s.

Travel Story

Sailing the Labrador Coast While Reflecting on the Fisheries Collapse

During an 1100-mile sailing trip up the Labrador coast last summer, Trevor Taylor, vice-president of Oceans North, saw many signs of the fisheries collapse in the 1980s and 1990s due to overfishing.

Even with one of the best waste management systems in the world, Canada only recycles 11% of its plastic waste, leaving almost 90% in landfills and, in some cases, reaching our lakes, rivers and oceans.

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Report Urges G7 Nations to Take Action on Reducing Plastic Debris in Oceans

In advance of the meeting of G7 environment ministers, Oceans North and Ocean Conservancy have released a report with recommendations for combating marine plastic debris in the world's oceans.

Kugluktuk is located on the Arctic Ocean at the mouth of the Coppermine River.

Travel Story

Monitoring Microplastics in an Arctic Community

Participants of a July 2018 workshop about Arctic microplastics sampling in Kugluktuk, Nunavut collected and filtered water from the Arctic Ocean for analysis.

A Fisheries Act for the Future

Proposed changes to Canada's Fisheries Act are close to completion and will modernize the legislation and better protect fish and the marine ecosystem.
Travel Story

Installing Sea Ice Cams in Nunavut’s Eclipse Sound

Our team travels to the top of Nunavut's Mount Herodier to install two time-lapse cameras which monitor sea ice conditions in the Arctic's Eclipse Sound.

Coral garden in Baffin Bay, Nunavut.


Iqaluit Children Celebrate Protection of Arctic Corals with New Music Video

Iqaluit school children create new music video to celebrate protection of Arctic corals, sponges and seapens.

Plastic bag discovered in ocean during trash cleanup near Halifax, Nova Scotia in April 2018.


How Canada’s G7 Leadership Can Help Reduce Plastics in the World’s Oceans

An Ottawa workshop recommends how Canada can lead the way with G7 countries in cleaning up marine debris.

A beluga whale swims in the Seal River estuary of Western Hudson Bay.


New Report Urges Protection for Western Hudson Bay’s Beluga Estuaries

A new report urges Canada's federal government to establish a national marine conservation area to protect the beluga estuaries of Manitoba's Western Hudson Bay.

A ship is docked for the winter in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.


Cambridge Bay Community Shares Concerns About Impact of Arctic Shipping

Cambridge Bay community members shared their concerns about the impact of increased Arctic shipping during a workshop organized by the University of Ottawa's Environment, Society and Policy Group and Oceans North.

Sponges, soft corals, crinoids, bryozoans and hydroids cover the seafloor of Davis Strait in the eastern Canadian Arctic.

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A Big Step Toward Protecting the Arctic’s Cold-Water Corals

Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans banned bottom-contact fishing gear in three large areas in the eastern Arctic Ocean to protect cold-water corals, sponges and sea-pens.

In late 2017, a new Arctic highway linked Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. for the first time.

Travel Story

Driving the Arctic’s New Tuktoyaktuk Highway

The Arctic's newest highway now offers an important year-round link between the Inuvialuit communities of Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk in Canada's Northwest Territories.

A small local vessel near drift ice, Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), Nunavut.


How Do Inuit View Shipping and the Northwest Passage?

Ship traffic has more than doubled in Canada's Arctic over the last decade. A new report from Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) responds to this challenge and offers a new perspective.

Vue du détroit d’Éclipse depuis le mont Herodier, près de Pond Inlet, au Nunavut.

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A Transition for Oceans North

The Arctic is replete with creation stories. Two years ago, we collaborated with Inuk artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory on a film project that paid tribute to the Nuliajuk (Sedna) creation story...

L’équipe effectue le chargement de l’équipement de repérage des navires à distance à Clyde River, au Nunavut.


A New Way to Track Arctic Vessels

Our convoy of snow machines and qamutiks, weighed down with solar panels, aluminum pipe and radio equipment, headed out from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut at 6 p.m. It was a late start but...

Mary Simon (c) flanquée de Jaypoody Alivaqtuq (g) et de Kono Tattuinee (d) à Bathurst Inlet lors de l’expédition C-3 en 2017.


Safeguarding the Arctic’s Future

Growing up in Kuujjuaq, a village near Ungava Bay in Nunavik, Quebec, Mary Simon and her family lived close to the land and sea, relying on both for a healthy diet. “Not only marine mammals, but mussels...

Annonce sur le 150e anniversaire de la Confédération canadienne.


Canada 150 and the Arctic

Canada’s 150th birthday has been celebrated with fireworks and special events — but birthdays are also a time for reflection. This momentous year for Canada is an opportunity to reflect on the impact of climate change on the North...

Des Anciens enseignent aux jeunes comment préparer l’omble chevalier pour le séchage. L’omble séché porte le nom de « piffi » en inunniaqtun.

Travel Story

A Place of Many Fish

On a warm summer day, I joined two dozen youth and elders from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut on a 50-kilometre journey by aluminum motor boats and motorized freighter canoes to Iqaluktuuq, a traditional fishing site. Known in the Inunniaqtun language as “A Place of Many Arctic Char,” we traveled there for a five-day elder-youth camp...