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Quark Canadian Arctic 2017 (148631)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: Amendment
Proponent name: Ms Allison Kean
Company: Quark Expeditions
Start Date: 2017-09-13
End Date: 2017-09-18
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
The Quark Canadian Arctic 2017 Expedition will operate with the MV Ocean Atlantic carrying a maximum of 100 passengers and a minimum of 18 staff (5 of them are either ornithologists or marine biologists), including a doctor. This gives us a staff to passenger ratio of 1:9. Many of our staff have 20-years, or more, experience working in the Canadian Arctic and other sensitive wildlife areas. In addition to the ice-worthiness of our ships, seasoned captains, expedition teams and crew, Quark’s safety standards, training and equipment protocols are of utmost importance and in many cases set the standard for the industry. Quark is the only expedition cruise company awarded British Standard BS 8848. Our own internal accreditation training programs cover Zodiac driving, navigation, VHF radio operation, operating in polar bear country and managing and handling lethal (firearms) and non-lethal deterrents to protect against dangerous animals. Passengers will use the ship as a floating platform to enjoy the scenery of the area. Once or twice per day the passengers will disembark the ship by Zodiacs to go ashore in wilderness areas or communities. Alternatively, they may join a Zodiac cruise or participate in a kayaking activity. All Zodiacs will be equipped with emergency/safety kits and will be paired with another Zodiac. If there is a plan to go ashore, a landing barrel full of emergency supplies will be placed at the landing site. At least 1 of the paired Zodiacs will have a firearm handler, who has completed all modules and levels of our internal accreditation courses. Helicopters will be equipped with emergency/safety kits, and will not land without a firearm bearer on board or already ashore. All staff, including the Zodiac drivers will have VHF radios to stay in contact with each other as well as the ship. However, nobody will go ashore if a bear is seen. When cruising bird cliffs, all Zodiac drivers will follow AECO guidelines, CWS Guidelines for Seabird Viewing by Cruise Ships and CWS Guidelines for Visiting Seabird Colonies in Canada. To prepare passengers for landings, printed AECO Guidelines are mailed to the passengers before leaving home. We review these general guidelines on ship before our first landing. In addition, prior to a particular landing or Zodiac cruise we always have two briefings, one on ship and one on shore or in the Zodiacs to explain the limits of the area and the guidelines for visiting a particular area (e.g. being quiet around bird cliffs). If marine mammals are encountered by the ship or by Zodiac, we’ll follow the IAATO Marine Wildlife Watching Guidelines (Whales & Dolphins, Seals and Seabirds) For Vessel & Zodiac Operations. Quark is an American company so we are aware of and follow the US Marine Mammal Protection act. Additionally, we are aware of and follow the guideline document; NOAA Whale Watching and Viewing Other Marine Mammals in Alaska.
Summary of Modifications:
For the 2017 season, the m/v Sea Adventurer will be replaced by the m/v Ocean Atlantic. All operations will remain the same as aborad the Sea Adventurer in previous seasons. Updated sites planned for 2017 include the following: PM Sept 13 - Iqualuit AM Sept 14 - Monumental Island AM Sept 15 - Kekerten Island - 65.6992° N, 65.8187° W PM Sept 15 – Pangnirtung - 66.1466° N, 65.7012° W PM Sept 16 - Sunneshine Fiord - 66.61667°N 61.80000°W PM Sept 17 - Isabella Bay - 69.583°N 68.000°W AM Sept 18 - Sam Ford Fiord - 70.50028°N 71.15000°W
Persons: 118
Days: 5
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
3108 point Iqaluit
3109 point Monumental Island
3110 point Kekerten
3111 point Pangnirtung
3113 point Sunneshine Fiord
3114 point Isabella Bay
3115 point Sam Ford Fiord
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Extablished National or Territorial Park
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Licensing Agencies
CWS: Have applied
QIA: Have applied - Confirmed we do not need a permit as our planned locations provided are not on Inuit Owned Lands under QIA. Quark Expeditions will not require an authorization from QIA.
CH: Archeological permit
GN-EDT: Outfitters Licence
GN-Parks: have applied - Kekerten parks use and firearms permit
TC: Transport Canada Inspection - Iqualuit Sept 13
Other Licensing Requirements
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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
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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)?