Developing a Management Framework for Establishing Marine Protected Areas in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region: A Case Study of Beluga
Principal Investigator: Storace, Fleur (1)
Licence Number: 12923
Organization: Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba
Licenced Year(s): 1997
Issued: Jun 19, 1997
Project Team: Mae Cockney, Joey Amos, Alan Fehr, Dr. Jack Mathias

Objective(s): The primary purpose of the project is to develop a management framework for establishing marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) using beluga as a case study. The specific objectives are: (i) to identify and review various alternative legislative mechanisms for the protection of marine areas; (ii) to assess potential management costs associated with the development of MPA's, and to consider options for sustainable financing of these areas; (iii) to assess whether the framework is culturally acceptable to the Inuvialuit using beluga as a case study; and (iv) to recommend a management process for the establishment of MPAs in the ISR. This work involving MPAs is important in the ISR because the settlement area includes an extensive coastline bordering the Beaufort Sea. This region has been the focus of industrial development in the past and interest in the area may resurface. Beluga, which inhabit the region, are important to the Inuvialuit as are rights to subsistence harvesting without interference. Through observation and discussion, the researcher will learn if an MPA will meet the needs of residents.

Project Description: The researcher will be in the ISR for a period of 4 weeks. The primary activity that the researcher will be undertaking will be to observe and talk to residents of the ISR. The researcher will begin her visit in the ISR by presenting her methods to the FJMC at their scheduled meeting on June 19 and 20th. If permitted, the researcher will accompany Ms. Cockney and Mr. Amos on monitoring rounds and also visit the hunting camps. She will use the same mode of transportation as the people she is accompanying. No samples will be taken and nothing will be removed from the site. If the monitoring rounds do not take place this year, the researcher may hire a guide for next year. Consultations with the Inuvik Research Centre and the FJMC will be necessary to determine an appropriate schedule.