Proposed Lancaster Sound National Marine Conservation Area
Often referred to as the Serengeti of the Arctic, Lancaster Sound is an area of critical ecological importance to marine mammals, such as seals, narwhal, beluga and bowhead whales, walrus and polar bears. It is bordered by some of the most important seabird breeding colonies in the Arctic.
In December 2010, the Government of Canada announced its proposed boundary for a national marine conservation area, encompassing more than 40,000 km2. This is an important step in Canada’s commitment to protect Lancaster Sound’s marine waters and wildlife, which are a globally significant ecological treasure.
Since the announcement of a feasibility assessment in 2009, the Canadian government has been working collaboratively through a steering committee with the Government of Nunavut, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, regional Inuit communities, and the public to finalize the boundary and protect this exceptional area.
“Inuit seek balance and respect for the land, waters, animals and cultural history.”
Okalik Eegeesiak, President, Qikiqtani Inuit Association
A 40,000 km2 area of critical ecological importance to marine mammals
© Wayne Lynch