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Northern Fulmar and Thick-billed Murre surveys and collections (149488)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Charlie Nakashuk
Company: Environment and Climate Change Canada - Canadian Wildlife Service
Start Date: 2021-07-05
End Date: 2021-09-15
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
There are two main objectives of this project: 1. To survey Northern Fulmar (NOFU) nesting colonies in the Lancaster Sound region, at Prince Leopold Island (PLI), Cape Liddon (Devon Island), Hobhouse Inlet (Devon Island), Cape Vera (Devon Island), Baillarge Bay (Baffin Island), and Princess Charlotte Monument. 2. Install and Automatic Identification System (AIS) at PLI The NOFU nesting colonies will be surveyed from a helicopter which will fly past the colonies at a distance of approximately 250 m and a speed of 30km/h. Multiple passes may be required to fully survey a colony, depending on topography and visibility. Observers will photograph the cliffs using high-resolution digital cameras. We take overlapping photographs that we stitch together afterwards with image software. We archive these and then mark each bird on a copy to conduct counts. Data are collated and stored with both Acadia University and federal wildlife officials. These methods were successfully used to survey NOFU colonies at Buchan Gulf and Scott Inlet on northern Baffin Island in 2018. In 2021, a field crew will also install an AIS station at the PLI cabin site. The AIS Station will be used to monitor ship traffic in the Migratory Bird Sanctuary as per the recommendation of the Area Co-Management Committee. Equipment to install the AIS station and the station itself will be flown in by Twin Otter. The station will be assembled and secured at the cabin site and the potential disturbance to the surrounding area should be minimal.
Persons: 7
Days: 5
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List of all project geometries:
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Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
CWS: Scientific permit under the Migratory Bird Regulations
GN-DOE: Wildlife Research Permit
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
Twin Otter 1 20M Drop off fuel cache
Helicopter (Bell 206L or similar) 1 32.4ft aerial surveys, we will maintain distances that have been demonstrated to minimize disturbance while still allowing accurate counts to be obtained. The flight path will be planned to minimize the amount of time spent in the protected areas while enabling a complete survey of the relevant colonies.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Aviation fuel 6 45 Gallons Fuel caches will be located at Cape Vera (2 drums) and Whaler Point (4 drums), and should be in position for only 2-3 weeks
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
All waste will be removed from Prince Leopold Island, where the AIS station will be built and deposed at PCSP in Resolute. We anticipate no waste to be generated from the surveys and fuel drums from the fuel cache will be removed by PCSP.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
No data found.
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2021-08-11
Originator: Solomon Amuno
Public Registry ID: 18913
Document Size: 230.52 Kb


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.
low level flights are needed to successfully survey seabird colonies
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:
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.
Doctor Jenn Provencher, has worked with the Nunavut Arctic College and other Nunavut based researchers on plastic waste research.
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.
Translation services for consultation materials provided by Resolute based interpreter, the survey it self requires 1 pilot and 1 staff member, therefore we will not hire field assistants from the local community for this project.

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