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Fisheries and Sealing

Harvesters and Crafters Survey

We want to hear from you! To help us prepare our new Fisheries and Sealing Strategies, the Harvesters and Crafters Survey has been launched to ask Nunavummiut about community priorities, challenges, needs and opportunities surrounding fisheries, sealing, and long furs.

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete, and is available in Inuktitut, English, Inuinnaqtun and French. Prizes will be awarded via a draw for survey participants in each community.

The deadline for participation is March 31, 2022.

The Fisheries and Sealing division focuses on developing viable and sustainable industries that will ensure all revenues and opportunities derived from territorial resources benefit Nunavummiut. The implementation of the Nunavut Fisheries Strategy is a priority. The division works towards maximizing economic opportunities for Nunavummiut while upholding the principles of conservation and sustainability.


The objectives of the Fisheries and Sealing division are to:

encourage and support viable, sustainable fishery, sealing and fur sectors in cooperation with stakeholders;
promote a clear understanding of the development potential of all three sectors through education and awareness; and,
represent Nunavut’s sealing and fishery interests at international, federal, provincial and territorial levels to ensure fair and equitable treatment.

Program Areas

  • The Nunavut Coastal Resource Inventory is tasked with building a compendium of traditional Inuit knowledge, including information utilized to monitor the health of the Arctic and the animals that live there and as baseline data to direct scientific studies.
  •  The Nunavut Community Aquatic Monitoring Program is tasked with assisting communities in Nunavut to develop economic opportunities and to become fully active participants in the conservation of their natural resources.