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Coats Island Murre and Polar Bear Filming (149283)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: John
Company: Gray
Start Date: 2020-07-13
End Date: 2020-08-08
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
America Films Ltd. is a subsidiary of Wildstar Films and we are producing a new six part wildlife series for the National Geographic channel. This series will be celebrating the wildlife and landscapes of North America by bringing together new science and wildlife stories, through cutting edge equipment and ground breaking filming techniques. We’re not just hoping to make people fall in love with the North American landscape and wildlife, but also to highlight that this is a time of great change and environmental concern for all of us. We are hoping to travel to Coats Island to film various predators hunting Murres on the cliffs there. These would include Arctic Foxes and Glaucous Gulls, but our main focus would be on the Polar Bears that visit these colonies. Whilst we are there we would also pick up general shots of other wildlife that live on and around the islands, such as walrus, etc. We would be planning to film using a combination of different camera systems, including drones, gimbal camera system mounted onto a boat and tripod mounted cameras with a zoom lens. As well as filming from a boat, we may also place remote cameras on the cliff face or use a climbing platform so that a camera person could film from the cliff face as the bears made their way through the bird colony. We are planning on visiting Coats Island, alongside Grant Gilchrist’s scientific teams studying the Murre colonies there, from around the 13th July until the 8th August 2020. Our team would either be staying in one of the already established huts used by the research teams on the island or on board a boat. If we stay at the huts used by the research teams, we would be following similar procedures already in place for water collection and waste removal. Any structures erected at the huts would be temporary [electric fences, storage tents, etc.]. All temporary structures, waste, etc would be removed when the team leave the location at the end of filming. We are planning to film natural behaviours as they occur from year to year on the island and are not looking to capture, tag or otherwise unduly disturb the animals at this location. We are submitting this application to see if we need any form of permits from the NPC or local land owners such as the Kivalliq Inuit Association. We are more than happy to provide more information or discuss this proposal in more detail. I apologise if some of our answers are rough or guesstimates at this stage, as we are still in the process of talking to all potential parties and providers, so we may not have all the information. We greatly appreciate any information or guidance that you can provide to us at this time. Thank you for your time.
Persons: 5
Days: 27
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List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
6030 polygon Rough filming area - covering the seabird colonies and surrounding waters for polar bear approach.
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Settlement Area
Keewatin Planning Region
Southampton and Coats Island
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Marine-Based Activities
Temporary Structures
Licensing Agencies
TC: Equivalency Certificate
GN-DOE: Wildlife Observation Licence
KivIA: 0
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
Generator 2 50cm x 40cm x 30cm Gasoline generators to power electrical equipment on site. Recharging filming batteries, powering laptops and hardrives during footage storage.
Boat 2 20-24ft We’d be looking into a large boat that could transport kit and crew from Coral Harbour to Coats Island and potentially act as a live-a-board. I’m imagining that this boat would be anchored in a safe harbour area for most of the time. We'd be looking to use a smaller filming boat for day to day use. I’m imagining that this filming boat would be a smaller boat brought from Coral Harbour on or alongside the larger boat. The smaller boat would be in the range of 20-24ft.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Gasoline 5 25 Liters For generators - rough estimate
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0.15 Collected as per the research team from melt water or from nearby rivers/lakes Meltwater creek near main research camp.
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
We expect the predicted environmental impacts to be very low. We will be using meltwater for drinking water and/or bringing suitable additional supplies with us if required. We will be bringing out all waste with us that is not incinerated at the main research camp.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Sewage (human waste) 20kg of solid waste and 180litres of liquid waste Honey buckets taken off site to be disposed of at Coral Bay Honey bucket if using the beach camp or if staying on board a boat then through their waste system.
Non-Combustible wastes Unsure N/A Double bagged and taken off site to be disposed of at Coral Harbor
Combustible wastes Unsure N/A Burned at the electric incinerators at the main research camp
Greywater 700 litres Awaiting to hear if there are any additional treatment procedures Awaiting to hear on what the procedure for disposal is on the island
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2020-01-28
Originator: Peter Scholz
Public Registry ID: 17237
Document Size: 427.94 Kb


Environmental Protection:
s2.4.9: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurances of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s2.4.9: 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:
s2.4.15 and Appendix 2,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:
s5.4.4 and Apendix 2, s3: Will the applicant avoid low-level flights?
i. If not, explain why such flights are or may be absolutely necessary.
We are not planning to fly to Coats Island, but to access the location by boat. If we are required to fly tot he Island we would need to use the beach landing area close tot he beach hut. All other low level flights would be avoided.
ii. If such flights are or may be absolutely necessary, will they avoid disturbance to people and wildlife?
iii. If not, explain why it is not possible to avoid such disturbance.

Caribou Protection Measures:
s2.4.6 and Appendix 3: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix 3?

Caribou Water Crossings:
Will the applicant avoid, between May 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct s2.4.6 and map: any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified

Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s4.4.3 and Appendix 3, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Government of Nunavut?

Game Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Thelon Game sanctuary?

Bird Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Mc Connell River Migratory Bird Sanctuary, the Harry Gibbons Migratory Bird Sanctuary or, the East Bay Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Southern Southampton Island and Coats Island:
s3.4.5: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, in southern Southampton Island and Coats Island?
If yes, does the project proposal involve hydrocarbon exploration?
Municipal Lands:
s1.4.3: Is the project located, in whole or in part, within municipal boundaries?


New Land Use:
Does the project proposal involve a new type of land use never engaged in before in the region?

Code of Good Conduct for Land Users:
Appendix 2: The applicant undertakes to adhere to the Code of Good Conduct at all times.