Ongoing marine initiatives where data and other information relevant to Nunavut’s marine areas can be accessed include the following:


Fisheries and Oceans Canada: Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s National Aquatic Species at Risk Maps display amalgamated distribution and critical habitats for aquatic species listed under the Species at Risk Act.  The purpose of the aquatic species at risk maps is to facilitate project assessments under the Fisheries Act and the Species at Risk Act and can also be utilized by Canadians to determine whether species at risk or their critical habitat are found in a given area.  The Aquatic Species at Risk Maps can be accessed at


Cambridge Bay Community Observatory:
In 2012, the University of Victoria’s (UVic) Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) installed a small, cabled seafloor observatory in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut which will be maintained for five years. This community-based observatory, a scaled-down version of UVic’s seafloor networks, is the first location in Canada’s Arctic for year-round, continuous undersea monitoring of the northern environment. Its purpose is to offer science-based support for greater understanding and protection of fragile arctic marine ecosystems. Data streaming from the instruments support cutting-edge research as well as educational and community purposes.


Canadian Ice Service:
A division of the Meteorological Service of Canada, the Canadian Ice Service is the leading authority for information about ice in Canadian waters. CIS provides direct access to ice and iceberg information, and its website contains a substantial amount of information on ice and iceberg conditions, ice codes, as well as access to the online information.


Canada’s Maritime Information Portal:
This portal operated by the Canadian Coast Guard gives mariners access to all the official electronic data and services needed to plan a voyage in Canada, including marine weather, tides, currents, hazards, notices, ice conditions, charts and sailing directions.


Canada Transportation Act Review:
On February 25, 2016, the Minister of Transport tabled in Parliament the Canada Transportation Act (CTA) Review Report. The Review was launched in June, 2014, and concluded in December, 2015 and looked forward 20 to 30 years to identify priorities and potential actions in transportation that will support Canada’s long-term economic well-being. The Report embodies many months of analytical work, significant public consultations and includes a number of recommendations. Access the full report online from Transport Canada’s website.


Fish-WIKS research looks at understanding western and Indigenous knowledge systems and explores how the different processes by which knowledge is acquired, transmitted and used can be harnessed to enhance Canadian fisheries policy.  Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the research aims to identify the commonalities and differences in Indigenous knowledge systems across the Pacific, Arctic, Inland and Atlantic regions and in four distinct coastal communities in Canada (Tla-o-qui-aht, British Columbia; Repulse Bay, Nunavut; Nipissing, Ontario; and Eskasoni, Nova Scotia).  The project also seeks to understand how Indigenous and western knowledge systems can be used to improve the sustainability of Canadian fisheries. Papers, abstracts and other resources can be accessed through the Fish-WIKS website.


Maritime Knowledge Center (MKC): 
Belonging to the global network of United Nations System Libraries, the Maritime Knowledge Centre (MKC) shares expertise, best practices, resources and reciprocal services. The MKC collaborates with local, international, academic and research libraries to ensure access to authoritative maritime information. Its specialized collections comprise the archives of official documents and International Maritime Organization’s publications. The MKC also collects resources covering maritime affairs, shipping and other subjects relevant to the work of the IMO.


Nunavut Climate Change Centre:
The Nunavut Climate Change Centre aims to help Nunavummiut learn about Arctic climate change, and how they can engage and adapt. The Centre’s website provides an overview of climate change in the Canadian Arctic, with opportunities to get involved and explore the latest research and information on traditional and local knowledge of climate change 


Nunavut Oil and Gas Summit:
The final report from the 2015 Nunavut Oil and Gas Summit as prepared by facilitator Peter Croal is now available online in English, French, Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun. Held in January 2015, the 3 day summit brought together over 75 people representing industry, regulators, federal government, non-government organizations, Government of Nunavut and Nunavut communities, youth and institutions to address the question: “Is Nunavut ready for oil and gas development?” The report is intended to capture the key messages, outcomes and items requiring further investigation and discussion stemming from the Summit, and to inform on-going debate in various venues, as well as serve as a basis for future actions related to Nunavut’s preparedness for potential oil and gas development. 


Understanding Chemical Pollution at Sea:
Part of a series of educational documents produced by Cedre (France) in collaboration with Transport Canada, aimed at 12 to 18 year olds as well as their teachers and the general public.