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Testing an industrial vessel of opportunity model for ship-time access to survey Canadian Arctic gateway ecosystems using baited remote underwater video (149181)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Jonathan Fisher
Company: Memorial University of Newfoundland
Start Date: 2019-07-17
End Date: 2019-10-24
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
Within the Canadian Arctic Gateway, transportation of mining resources is increasing rapidly, requiring ice-capable vessels and/or icebreaker escorts even in summer months. The two goals of this project are to: (1) test the extent to which data collection using baited remote underwater video landers can be achieved aboard the MSV Botnica icebreaker as it escorts large iron ore ships into and out of Eclipse Sound, Nunavut, and; (2) to collaborate with established and emerging researchers to use the video data collected to characterize the populations, communities and ecosystems within the future Tallurutiup Imanga/Lancaster Sound National Marine Conservation Area. My laboratory has demonstrated the utility of baited remote underwater video in the eastern Canadian Arctic to quantify local abundances of Greenland sharks, to characterize benthic fish and invertebrate communities, and test their associations with environmental conditions. This project stems from an offer from the marine transportation industry for this team to develop a scientific sampling program that fits within the MSV Botnica as it fulfils its primary escort mission. Given the expected increase in iron ore mining (potentially increasing five-fold in the coming years), this research model for Arctic ship time access has strong potential to grow in the coming years, yielding significant inkind contributions from industry partners to science programs in areas where required icebreaker ship time is otherwise extremely expensive.
Persons: 1
Days: 23
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List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
5693 polyline New project geometry
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
Marine-Based Activities
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
NRI: Scientific Research Licence
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
baited underwater camera and frame 1 0.5 m3, 100 kg We propose to deploy a remote baited remote underwater video camera lander to document fish and invertebrates on the sea floor. The device observes but does not collect specimens, making it a very low impact equipment.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
lithium ion battery 1 3 Kg Lithium battery powers the video camera system. The battery is in a sealed case and certified to 6000 m. It has been tested to conform to international shipping regulations.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
I perceive no environmental impacts from wastes. The baited camera system does not generate waste. The vessel of opportunity will be in the area for other purposes anyway and regulated independently from this scientific program.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
No data found.
Category: Application form attachment - Equipment
Recieved: 2019-06-20
Originator: Jonathan Fisher
Public Registry ID: 16709
Document Size: 315.53 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Fuel Use
Recieved: 2019-06-20
Originator: Jonathan Fisher
Public Registry ID: 16710
Document Size: 11.63 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Hazardous Material Use
Recieved: 2019-06-20
Originator: Jonathan Fisher
Public Registry ID: 16712
Document Size: 11.72 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2019-06-20
Originator: Jonathan Fisher
Public Registry ID: 16711
Document Size: 15.86 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2019-07-17
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 16774
Document Size: 268.08 Kb
2019-06-24 11:19:55, from: Goump Djalogue
 Hi Jonathan, Please add the Nunavut Research Institute (NRI) as an authorizing agency. Thank you. Goump


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?

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.
I have submitted a consultation request. I await a reply and note that past deployments have been widely shared and of interest to local residents, as reported in local news outlets, for example:
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 offer to develop a scientific program was extended to members of the Marine Institute to apply existing personnel to lead the deployment of baited remote underwater video systems. A trained technician will be the only scientific participant.

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

s3.5.11, s3.3.5.12: Does the proposal consider the development of a transportation and/or communications corridor?

Code of Good Conduct for Land Users:
Appendix H: The applicant undertakes to adhere to the code of Good Conduct at all times.