Arctic Fishery Alliance donated $5000.00 to each Community for the fishing derby held on Vicoria Day.
The Suvak completed its 9th and final trip of the 2015 turbot fishery in early November. It is now overwintering in St. John’s, NL and being refitted for the 2016 turbot fishery.
The Kiviuq completed its 2015 Nunavut research expedition in November. Over the course of the 3 month trip, AFA was able to:
- Complete 12 days of exploratory fishing and ecosystem research near Arctic Bay in August.
- Shrimp and whelk were discovered near the community as a result.
- Hunters from Arctic Bay were transported aboard the Kiviuq to Devon Island for a musk ox hunt for the community.
- A community feast of shrimp and musk ox was held to celebrate.
- Complete 13 days of exploratory fishing and ecosystem research near Resolute Bay.
- Shrimp and whelk were also located here.
- Hunters from Resolute Bay were transported to Bathurst Island using the Kiviuq to hunt caribou for the community.
- A community feast of shrimp and caribou was held to celebrate.
- Assist Ocean Tracking Network (OTN’s) find and retrieve all of its acoustic moorings from Maxwell Bay after 4 years on the seafloor.
- Redeploy these moorings near Scott Inlet, Broughton Island, and in Cumberland Sound to support OTN’s ongoing inshore turbot fishery research.
- Complete 13 days of by-catch reduction research near Qikiqtarjuaq that will increase the sustainability of the turbot fishery.
- Collect video of coldwater corals for Earth Rangers – a children’s conservation group.
- Deliver community-ordered supplies and groceries to all four communities (with help from Kenn Borek Air for Grise Fiord).
- Deliver reindeer from Greenland for a community feast in Qikiqtarjuaq and for the high Arctic communities.
We are very happy with the success of the 2015 research trip and are already planning for 2016. The results of the research are currently being analyzed by scientists from Marine Institute. We expect to have a summary of the findings available in the spring.
AFA was happy to donate $10,000 each to Arctic Bay, Grise Fiord, Qikiqtarjuaq and Resolute Bay to help celebrate Christmas. On December 17th, we received a letter of appreciation from Nattivak HTA. We are so glad this donation will be used to support the Christmas Games, the Health and Safety Committee and Country Food
Just before Christmas, the Kiviuq began its winter fishing for halibut around Newfoundland. It has completed one trip so far. The second trip began January 7th with Naisana Eecheak of Arctic Bay and Isa Nutaralaqof Qikiqtarjuaq completing his second trip.
Earlier this week, our Community Development Officer Mark Akeeagok, worked very hard with Iviq Hunters and Trappers Association to distribute reindeer to everyone in the community.
Mark Akeeagok, Community Development Officer of AFA, has been fishing for shrimp through the ice in Grise Fiord. In January, he caught 216 shrimp in 2 pots! Right now, he is working on developing a method for collecting information on each catch so that a community-based exploratory fishery program can be established. We’ll have more updates on this in the future.
Resolute Bay Trustee has had many sales and have already sold a good portion of the groceries. The sales tend to bring everyone out! Late September, AFA received a letter of appreciation from the Hamlet of Resolute Bay. We are so happy that the grocery delivery has been beneficial to the residents of the community and we look forward to continuing these deliveries for years to come.