Les systèmes marins

Projets de recherche en cours (2019-2023)

Qikiqtani inshore fisheries surveys: studying coastal marine species in Kinngait, Sanikiluaq, Sanirajak and Igloolik

Qikiqtaaluk Corporation is using the newly built R.V Ludy Pudluk research platform to conduct sea bottom mapping and inshore fisheries surveys in Kinngait, Sanikiluaq, Igloolik and Sanirajak. Qikiqtaaluk Corporation is partnering with the Hunters and Trappers Associations (HTAs) in each community to staff the RV Ludy Pudluk and community support vessels with Inuit from each community to complete the surveys. In addition, Qikiqtaaluk Corporation will meet with each Hunter and Trapper Association in each survey community to explain the type of equipment and training available and look for guidance from the HTAs to determine which areas to survey and which species are of interest to the community. The community HTAs will guide the direction of the surveys. In the first years of surveys (i.e., summer-autumn 2021), Qikiqtaaluk Corporation and the Marine Institute hired and began training 13 Inuit in the two survey communities of Kinngait and Sanikiluaq to conduct these surveys, working toward a model where communities may continue certain aspects of the research independently. These surveys include underwater video obtained from drop camera and towed camera systems, a multibeam echosounder (to map the seafloor), and small dredges and potting to determine the location, preferred habitat and the relative population size of edible invertebrates that are found on the seabed including scallops, sea cucumber, whelks, and clams, shrimp, and sea cucumber.