The Canadian government has proposed several new marine parks - one of them is the Lancaster Sound National Marine Conservation Area. What is a marine conservation area? In a marine conservation area the floor of the ocean is protected, primarily from oil and gas exploration. Sustainable activities, including fishing, hunting and tourism are permitted. All these activities are monitored. The proposed Lancaster Sound National Marine Conservation Area would extend from the north east coast of Baffin Island along Lancaster Sound to the eastern edge of Somerset Island. At this point it does not include the waters between Arctic Watch and Resolute Bay. It does not include the belugas favourite summer time hang-out in Cunningham Inlet. We feel that it is important to protect all the beluga's migration path, not just part of it and most importantly to protect the final destination of the beluga migration. We have voiced our concerns to Parks Canada and filed an environmental petition with the Auditor General of Canada. Cunningham Inlet is home to nearly 2000 beluga whales every summer. This is one of the few healthy beluga populations in the world. Lets keep it that way!
Belugas in Cunningham Inlet
(The Northwest Passage, Somerset Island, Nunavut)