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Baseline monitoring of marine productivity and oceanography spanning the Northwest Passage using ships of opportunity (148624)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: Amendment
Proponent name: Dr. Jonathan Fisher
Company: Memorial University of Newfoundland
Start Date: 2017-08-08
End Date: 2017-09-05
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
This project’s goals are to collect, analyze and report the findings from station-based and continuous plankton sampling of primary and secondary production and oceanographic conditions throughout Canada’s Northwest Passage aboard a ship of opportunity. These objectives can be achieved aboard the RRS Ernest Shackleton as it transits the Northwest Passage from east to west during late August 2016 and then meets and escorts a cruise ship (Crystal Serenity) from Ulukhaktok to Greenland via the Northwest Passage. The cruise ship is scheduled to visit the community of Ulukhaktok on August 27, 2016. This research project takes advantage of space available on the RRS Ernest Shackleton to accomplish research goals that intend to sample plankton (phytoplankton, zooplankton) from the upper water column using a small towed device (continuous plankton recorder, mesh size 0.27 mm, sampling ~3 m3 of seawater per 10 nautical miles) in order to quantify spatial variability in plankton abundance and composition. Other components of the project include measuring water temperature, salinity, depth when the ship is stopped off of Ulukhaktok and deploying a small ring net for plankton (mesh size <0.5 mm) and possibly a video camera to the seabottom. In addition to providing the first continuous collection and analyses of plankton data spanning ~5000 nm of Canada’s northern waters, this project is expected to provide an example of how new scientific ‘baseline’ information can be collected at relatively low cost aboard ships of opportunity within Canada’s changing norther waters and how that information can then be shared with northern communities interested in the drivers of local fisheries productivity as they respond to climate change.
Summary of Modifications:
This work is requested to be renewed for 2017, as the main goals could not be acheived in 2016 given the failure and loss of scientific equipment before reaching Nunavut research areas.
Persons: 2
Days: 22
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
2921 polyline Northwest Passage vessel route
2922 point off Cambridge Bay
2923 point off Pond Inlet
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
DFO: Licence to Fish for Scientific Purposes
NIRB: Project proposal submitted to NIRB 19/07/2017
DFO: License to Fish for Scientific Purposes
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
No records found.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
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Category: Application form attachment - Other Authorizations
Recieved: 2016-07-04
Originator: Jonathan Fisher
Public Registry ID: 12985
Document Size: 1189.39 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2016-06-14
Originator: Jonathan Fisher
Public Registry ID: 12984
Document Size: 281.97 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2017-08-16
Originator: Allan Thompson
Public Registry ID: 13002
Document Size: 596.95 Kb


Environmental Protection:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurrences of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to remove all drums safely from the site and dispose of the drums in a safe manner.

New Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.1 and Appendix H, s1: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its natural condition to the greatest extent possible.

Old Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.2: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its original condition to the greatest extent possible, including any work required due to the applicant's action prior to this application.

Low-Level Air Flights:
Appendix H, s3: Will the applicant avoid all low-level flights?

Caribou Protection Measures:
s3.3.7 and Appendix D: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix D?

Caribou Water Crossings:
s3.3.7 and map: Will the applicant avoid, between may 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified

Polar Bear Denning Areas and Walrus Haul-outs:
s3.3.8: Will the applicant keep its activities away from any polar bear denning area or walrus haul-out?

Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s3.11.3 and Appendix H, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth (GN)?

Scientific Research:
s3.9.3: Does the project proposal involve scientific research?
If yes, will the applicant integrate all available and relevant local and traditional knowledge when conducting its research?

Consultation with Nunavut Research Institute:
s3.9.5: Has the applicant consulted with the Nunavut Research Institute about research topics that would benefit or interest local residents?
i. Describe the results of your consultation.
In 2016, the NRI provided a positive screen decision on this application based on the information provided to both the NPC and NIRB.
Local Services and Local Employment:
s3.9.4: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
ii. If no, explain why it is not possible.
This research will be undertaken aboard the RRS Ernest Shackleton ship. The researchers involved will not be going ashore and the crew employed has already been established and is beyond the control of researchers. Last year, however, at least three local guides were employed aboard the vessel. I would expect the same this year.

Communication on Scientific Research:
s3.2.8: The applicant will, at minimum, translate a summary of its work into Inuktitut and communicate with communities using language that is clear and non-technical. The results of all scientific re