Mapping & Managing Shipping Risks to Protected Marine Areas in Canada’s Northwest Passage: Lancaster Sound and the Franklin Wreck Sites

By January 17, 2021January 20th, 2021No Comments
Institution: University of Ottawa
Theme: Environmental change, Human activity
Area of Vulnerability: Coastal communities, Marine ecosystems/living resources, Marine industries

Principal investigator

Jackie Dawson, University of Ottawa


Cycle II , co-funded by Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping

This project was co-designed with project partners (government, Inuit groups, and industry) and responds to stakeholder-identified research needs to be focused on understanding the risks, opportunities, and management options for increased marine traffic to two protected marine areas in Canada’s Northwest Passage: 1) Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area (Lancaster Sound) and 2) the Wrecks of Erebus and Terror Historic Site (Franklin Wrecks). Parks Canada and relevant Regional Inuit Associations (Qikiqtani and Kitikmeot) are currently establishing interim and full management plans for these two protected marine areas, but are struggling due to a lack of research and data on shipping trends and potential impacts from ships to these sites. This project will advance scholarly understanding and will also inform the development of federal management strategies for managing shipping risks to nationally and internationally important Arctic marine areas.