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Ocean Wise Scientific Diving Field Research on board One Ocean Expeditions Cruise (149093)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: Renewal
Proponent name: Eric Solomon
Company: Ocean Wise Conservation Association
Start Date: 2019-08-02
End Date: 2019-08-11
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
Ocean Wise scientific divers will be on board the One Ocean Expeditions vessel, Akademik Ioffe, during a cruise beginning in Resolute Bay August 2, 2019 and ending in Resolute Bay August 11, 2019. The dive team wishes to conduct scuba-based dive surveys offshore at the vessel's planned landing sites on Devon, Cornwallis, Somerset, Ellesmere, Baffin and Bylot Islands. Very little is known about the diversity of subtidal (underwater) fish, invertebrates and algae in the waters of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. The purpose of these dives is to • Catalogue the overall diversity of subtidal fish, invertebrates and algae, using roving diver surveys • Explore previously undocumented underwater sites • Contribute to the Barcode of Life DNA barcoding effort for Arctic marine species. DNA barcoding identifies the DNA of different species and is used for species identification and monitoring. • Explore Arctic infaunal (in the sediments at the bottom) diversity using DNA barcodes • Track the presence of non-native species using a combination of visual surveys and DNA barcoding • Document local physical and chemical ocean conditions and track changes over time. During these dives, two divers will 1. Conduct roving diver surveys at up to 15 previously unexplored sites in the high Arctic between Resolute Bay and Grise Fiord using cameras and noting species observed. 2. Collect specimens for DNA barcoding, using one or more methods, including: •Hand collection •Hand nets 3. Monitor ocean temperature using diver-carried temperature loggers These dives will be non-destructive. A small sample of marine benthic invertebrates (anemones, sea stars, urchins, etc.) and fish will be collected for DNA barcoding, and for photographing and identification.
Persons: 4
Days: 10
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List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
5084 polygon General area where diving may occur
5085 point Beechey Island expected dive site
5086 point Maxwell Bay expected dive site
5087 point Croker bay expected dive site
5088 point Dundas Harbour expected dive site
5089 point Craig Harbour expected dive site
5090 point Grise Fiord expected dive site
5091 point Cape Hay expected dive site
5092 polygon General area where diving may occur
5093 point Elwin Inlet expected dive site
5094 polygon General area where diving may occur
5095 point Port Leopold expected dive site
5096 polygon General area where diving may occur
5097 polygon General area where diving may occur
5098 polygon General area where diving may occur
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
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
DFO: Fish for Scientific Purposes Permit
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
Zodiac for diving 1 18 foot The Zodiac will be launched from the ship and used to carry divers to their dive locations.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Gasoline 3 5 Gallons Fuel for the Zodiac. Will be refueled on board the ship according to ship protocols with spill kits available.
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
No predicted environmental impacts.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
No data found.
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2018-06-07
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 15584
Document Size: 193.89 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2019-04-26
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 16301
Document Size: 242.75 Kb
2019-04-10 14:35:36, from: Goump Djalogue
 Good afternoon Eric. I just noticed that the answers to the North Baffin questionnaire are all showing "No". Could you please edit the questionnaire appropriately. Thank you


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.
Consulted with Mosha Cote at NRI. He expressed that, because we have had and are continuing to have discussions with communities at the local level we are getting the information required to understand how our research topics would benefit or interest local residents.
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.
The diving research will only be taking place from the One Ocean Expeditions ship. Local services and employment are not relevant or possible in this case.

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