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Re-estimating the abundance of the Lancaster Sound (LS) polar bear subpopulation via genetic mark-recapture sampling (149332)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Markus Dyck
Company: Government of Nunavut
Start Date: 2020-08-11
End Date: 2024-09-11
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
The Government of Nunavut is planning to conduct a new population study (i.e., a research study) for the LS polar bear subpopulation with the objectives to obtain a new abundance estimate and up-dated demographic rates using less-invasive genetic biopsy sampling. In general, a genetic biopsy dart is fired from a helicopter and a small tissue sample is taken from a sampled bear without the need for immobilization of the animal. The sample then is used for genetic analysis to determine gender and identification of the animal. The survey will be flown during the spring (April – June) across the sea-ice. Because the study area is so large, and weather conditions are not great during the spring, we anticipate to have 3 field crews working in different areas across the study zone. We will mostly work out of communities, but there is a chance we utilize existing camps (Fort Ross, Creswell Bay camp, Gascoyne Inlet camp); there are several fuel caches throughout the study area that will be cached likely in the summer of 2020 to begin using the existing runways; and some caches will be filled during spring time. Our field component to search for bears begins likely April - June 2021, 2022, 2023.
Persons: 12
Days: 30
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
6200 polyline rough outline of the Lancaster Sound polar bear subpopulation boundary which is our study area
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
QIA: Land Use Licence I
CWS: National Wildlife Area permit under the Wildlife Area Regulations
CWS: Migratory Bird Sanctuary permit under the Migratory Bird Sanctuary Regulations
PC: 0
GN-DOE: Wildlife Research Permit
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
helicopter 1-3 LongRanger we will use 1-3 helicopters to conduct our field operations during our search and sampling of polar bears within the study area during spring time. We search the sea ice but will re-fuel at our fuel caches that we have throughout the study area, or at airports when we are near communities. The field work is being conducted between April to June 2021, 2022, and 2023. There is likely a total of approx. 350 helicopter hours for the entire project flown
Twin Otter 1 DeHavilland We will have several fuel caches throughout the study area; the Twin Otter will begin caching likely during summer (Aug/Sep 2020) at locations that have been used by Polar Continental Shelf, and that are safe to land and cache fuel. All fuel will be stored away from water sources, and checked while we are conducting the survey. The Twin Otter only comes in, drops off new fuel or collects empties throughout the length of the project. The are about 80 hrs of caching planned the first season.
Generator 200W 1 Honda If we camp out at some of the field location (Fort Ross, Polar Bear Pass Camp, Creswell Bay) we will have a generator to maintain the helicopter's fuel and oil temperatures during the cold nites through heat blankets, and we use the generator for camp use
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Propane 2 100 Lbs we will be using the propane for cooking in our camps through the April - June field season. Likely only need 1 per season for only 2 camps (camp duration is usually 2-3 weeks depending on weather)
Gasoline 12 5 Gallons if we decide to stay in camps we need the fuel for the generators to maintain camp electricity and the helicopter; if there are 2-3 camps we need about 3-4 jerry cans per camp for 2-3 weeks each.
Aviation fuel 280 205 Liters this fuel is spread throughout the study area in several fuel cache locations with number of drums ranging from 5 to 12; it is used for our polar bear survey so we can continue searching for bears effectively.
Diesel 2 205 Liters if we stay at pre-existing camps we will use the diesel as heating fuel to keep the cabin warm and operational for the crew of 4 person per helicopter.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0.03 melting snow surface of land
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
the environmental impacts of this project will be small since we are flying over the sea ice and spend most of our time working out of communities; the little time we are spending in camps is not different than anybody camping; the waste products are collected and returned to communities;
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Sewage (human waste) hard to estimate none solid human waste collected and brought back to communities and disposed of properly
Greywater 30-50 gal for entire project per year across 2-3 camps none disposed of into grey water pits
Non-Combustible wastes 2 large garbage bags/camp = 4-6 large bags total none will be collected and flown back to community
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Recieved: 2020-03-11
Originator: Markus Dyck
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Originator: Markus Dyck
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Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2020-03-23
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 17597
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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?
i. If not, explain why such flights are or may be absolutely necessary.
Our research objective is sample polar bears - for that reason we will not be able to avoid low-level flights. In general, when searching we will fly at about 400 feet and when we encounter bears we will approach to 3-7m distances/altitudes. When we do not survey we will fly at higher altitudes (400-1500m) during ferry times.
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.
when we have to sample we cannot avoid short-term disturbance of the animals. We attempt to avoid disturbing people if we are aware where they are on the ice through local engagement of Hunters and Trappers assistants. There will be instances where we will not know where people are and the disturbance will be only short-term.

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?
ii. If no, explain why.
The work we conduct is a priority item of the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board - communities wanted this work to be done so we are addressing already local issues and concerns of residents.
Local Services and Local Employment:
s3.9.4: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
i. Describe the services retained and the people to be employed.
we will hire 3-6 local field observers throughout the study area to assist us in searching for bears. These individuals will also learn how research operations work and what survey design is used for our study.

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