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    Crocker Bay Study and NW Passage to Gjoa Haven

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Marine Based Scientific Research: This is a low impact study using a vessel of opportunity. The research group is made up a graduate student Nicole Trenholm, an American Polar Explorer Matt Rutherford and two Canadian pleasure yacht adventurers on the Sailing Vessel Toboggan. The study will occur during the voyage from July 28 to August 26, 2018. The graduate student heads back to University Maryland Baltimore County Geographic Environmental System Program departing at Gjoa Haven, while the rest of the team continues on through the passage. The work involves a 4 day stop at Croker Bay in a 40 foot sailing boat for oceanographic surveys. Alternative fly out locations includes Pond Inlet and Resolute. Location: Qikiqtani Region [Croker Bay and Northwest Passage Transit]In Croker Bay, the graduate student will assess the ocean warming factor in glacial mass ice loss of the Devon Ice Cap. She is collaborating with Dr. Clark Richards at DFO and Dr. Andrew Hamilton of University of Ottawa on the greater contribution of their research assessing Canadian ocean circulation and Devon Ice Cap Cryospheric conditions.Nicole, intends to test additional sea and ice surface observation collection methods to improve satellite models of sea ice concentration of the National Weather Service. This will occur only with appropriate conditions. If her observations are greatly beneficial to improve National Weather Service models then she will apply for permits and contact NIRB and NPC to request local volunteer observations from Nunavut communities as well as her own additional observations on future cruises.She does not have a community outreach component associated with this earlier project phase in 2018 but is open to Nunuvut school and public collaborators in contacting her to consider educational outreach partnerships going forward. nicolet3@umbc.eduThis project is sponsored by the Ocean Research Project 501c3 and the team of the vessel of opportunity, SV Toboggan.

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  • Application screening started 2018-07-13
  • Commenting in progress 2018-07-13
  • Transboundary
  • Kitikmeot
  • North Baffin
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Notifications sent: Commenting in progress

2018-07-13 17:48:20

NIRB 125364 / 18YN040: Notice of Screening and Comment Request for UMBC's "Crocker Bay Study and NW Passage to Gjoa Haven" Project Proposal

    Dear Nicole Trenholm:

    Please see the attached correspondence from the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB or Board) regarding University of Maryland Baltimore County’s (UMBC) “Crocker Bay Study and NW Passage to Gjoa Haven" project proposal.

    NIRB File No.: 18YN040
    Project Name: Crocker Bay Study and NW Passage to Gjoa Haven
    Project Proponent: University of Maryland Baltimore County’s (UMBC)
    Project Type: Research
    Location: Qikiqtani (North Baffin) and Kitikmeot Regions
    Comments Requested by: July 23, 2018

    The NIRB is copying parties potentially affected by this project and we invite interested persons to comment directly to the NIRB regarding:

  • Whether the project proposal is likely to arouse significant public concern; and if so, why;
  • Whether the project proposal is likely to cause significant adverse eco-systemic or socio-economic effects; and if so, why;
  • Whether the project proposal is likely to cause significant adverse impacts on wildlife habitat or Inuit harvest activities; if so, why;
  • Whether the project proposal is of a type where the potential adverse effects are highly predictable and mitigable with known technology, (please provide any recommended mitigation measures); and
  • Any matter of importance to the Party related to the project proposal.

    You can submit comments to the NIRB by our on line public registry at or via e-mail at or via fax to 867-983-2594.

    All documents received and pertaining to this project proposal can be obtained from the NIRB’s online public registry at by using any of the following search criteria:
     Project Name: Crocker Bay Study and NW Passage to Gjoa Haven
     NIRB File No.: 18YN040
     Application No.: 125364

    The NIRB has attached a Public Notice of Screening in English and Inuktitut for interested parties and Municipalities to post on local bulletin boards within your community.

    If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Jaida Ohokannoak, Technical Advisor II, directly at (867) 983-4609 or

    Best Regards,

    Natasha Lear
    Manager, Technical Administration

    Nunavut Impact Review Board
    29 Mitik Street
    P.O. Box 1360
    Cambridge Bay
    NU, X0B 0C0 Canada
    Phone: (867) 983-4600
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