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.