Dr. Scott Grant, a research scientist at the Marine Institute's Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources, has been appointed to the Qikiqtaaluk Corporation chair in Qikiqtani inshore fisheries science, training, and education. This five-year partnership between Qikiqtaaluk Corp., the Marine Institute, and Nunavut Arctic College aims to enhance inshore fisheries science in the Qikiqtani region of Nunavut through education, training, research, and development.
Qikiqtaaluk Corp., the development arm of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, will invest $500,000 over the next five years to support these initiatives. The goal is to strengthen the local fisheries industry while ensuring sustainability and minimizing environmental impacts. Dr. Grant and his team at the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources have extensive experience in fisheries research and development, particularly in the context of northern Canada.
Their work includes assessing the potential for fisheries development to enhance food security and potentially create commercial opportunities in Nunavut communities. They also collaborate with local communities, utilizing local vessels and crews to gather research data. Additionally, their research addresses issues like bycatch reduction, seabed impacts of trawlers, and ecological assessments to support sustainable harvesting practices.
Dr. Grant's role in this initiative will focus on education, research, and training related to marine resources in coastal communities in the Qikiqtani region. This includes studying species of interest, understanding their life histories, and promoting sustainable harvesting techniques that align with traditional ecological knowledge. The ultimate aim is to empower local communities to manage their fisheries resources effectively while safeguarding the environment. This partnership represents a significant step towards a more sustainable and prosperous future for Northern Canadian fisheries.