The FJMC Community Tour kicked off with a visit to Ulukhaktok. The
FJMC/HTC meeting in the community went well with no major community
The Paulatuk HTC/Community meeting also went well, there was
once again a good turn out of HTC/community members and the food
was yummy! The FJMC carried out a similar agenda in each
community starting out with the update on ISR wide initiatives:
Beluga Monitoring Program
Again the community was updated on the previous year’s data
and the proposed changes to the monitoring program.
- There was concern raised from the community about the
removal of funds, although the Committee assured them that
changes in other communities’ monitoring programs will not
effect other communities’ budgets.
- The HTC communicated how important the Beluga Monitoring
Program and Monitors are as the Monitors promote proper and
civil hunting of Beluga.
- The HTC is on board with the HTC lead monitoring program
being proposed by the Committee.
The FJMC outlined discussions with DFO, IGC and IRC which
lead to the agreement to develop an Integrated Fisheries
Management Plan for the Beaufort Sea.
- HTC, community member in attendance and FJMC were in
agreement that no large scale fisheries would occur till
sufficient data is collected or the BSIFMP finalized.
- HTC also felt commercial fisheries could pollute the
waters and disrupt other fish species, Marine Mammals and
- HTC also agreed that any fishery should remain
- HTC suggested holding public meetings on this matter.
Community Fishing Plans
DFO Liaison updated HTC/community on the progress of the CFP
revision and that the new version is due to be published 2010.
- Concerns were raised by the community on the changing
water levels and presence of new species in the area.
- HTC expressed that the best date to hold the CFP meeting
is early January. (Was held Feb. 4-5 – postponed due to
- Questions were raised by the community/HTC members about
the possibility of changing the regulations on how far up
river a net may be set.
Once again the committee outlined proposed initiatives to
improve communication between the HTC’s and FJMC.
- HTC approved of proposed initiatives
- Noted that June is the best time to meet with
- HTC suggested maintaining a paper trail of decision
The FJMC updated HTC/Community members on projects due to
occur in their area including:
Parks Canada and the re-opening the Hornaday Water Gauge
- HTC members noted the possible link between the changing
water levels and the arrival of new species of fish in the
- HTC will discuss project proposal further with PC and
FJMC will consider possible support for this project.
Health of the Ocean and the Marine Protected Area
- HTC agreed to hold a competition for the naming of the
- HTC expressed concerns regarding the overwintering of
Barges in the area of the proposed MPA
- Concerns were also voiced regarding the boundaries of
the MPA not including all important areas that the community
members put forth.
- Noted that funding restraints exist when trying to send
reps to steering committee meetings.
The meetings in Paulatuk were successful with plenty of feedback and
comments from the HTC and Community Members.
Then we were off to Inuvik…
Inuvik HTC/Community meetings followed pretty much the same topics as
the other communities.
THE FJMC was very pleased with the outcome of the November community
tour and looks forward to continue working with the local HTC’s and
communities of the ISR on the important issues at hand.