SOR/2016-280: Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam Marine Protected Areas Regulations
REGISTRATION OF FEDERAL REGULATION - VIA OIC DATABASE, PRIOR TO PART II OF THE GAZETTE
October 28, 2016
REGULATORY IMPACT ANALYSIS STATEMENT (This statement is not part of the Regulations.) Executive summary Issues: The Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam Marine Protected Area (see footnote 1) (ANMPA) has been identified as an ecologically important area that provides critical habitat for Arctic char, cod, beluga whales, ringed and bearded seals, polar bears, as well as sea birds. In the open-water season, near ... (Click for more)
Published on October 28, 2016
SOR/2016-280: Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam Marine Protected Areas Regulations
REGULATORY IMPACT ANALYSIS STATEMENT (This statement is not part of the Regulations.) Executive summary Issues: The Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam Marine Protected Area (see footnote 1) (ANMPA) has been identified as an ecologically important area that provides critical habitat for Arctic char, cod, beluga whales, ringed and bearded seals, polar bears, as well as sea birds. In the open-water season, near shore waters in the ANMPA provide migratory and feeding habitat for Arctic char and other anadromous fish species (fish that migrate from the sea to fresh water to spawn), while offshore waters in the ANMPA support a variety of marine invertebrates, fish, marine mammals and birds. During winter, the sea ice in the ANMPA provides breeding and feeding habitat for polar bears and seals, while polynyas (areas of open water within sea ice) offer critical feeding areas and promote aggregations of marine mammals and their prey. The ANMPA is also culturally important for the Inuvialuit, as it supports subsistence harvesting of Arctic char, beluga, birds and other species by the community of Paulatuk, Northwest Territories (NT). The community also utilizes portions of the ANMPA for travel, education and other traditional activities. The Arctic climate is experiencing rapid change resulting in the loss of sea ice and melting glaciers. These changes are opening up new opportunities and challenges for the Arctic. For example, warming may result in an extended shipping season and the creation of new shipping routes, which in turn may make mining, oil and gas development, commercial fishing, research, and tourism more accessible across the Arctic. Increased accessibility for these types of activities in turn poses a risk to the habitat, biodiversity and ecosystem functions within the Arctic, generally, and within the ANMPA, specifically. Designating this ecologically important area as a marine protected area under the Oceans Act helps to protect and conserve the important biological diversity, structural habitat, and ecosystem functions within this area. Moreover, the designation of the ANMPA under the Oceans Act is consistent with the Government of Canada’s commitment to protect 5% of Canada’s oceans by 2017 and 10% by 2020. The designation of the ANMPA results in an additional 0.04% conservation of Canada’s oceans and contributes to meeting the international Aichi Biodiversity Targets under the Convention on Biological Diversity as well as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to which Canada agreed. The Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 seeks to conserve 10% of marine and coastal areas through networks of marine protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures by the year 2020. Goal 14 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for the conservation of at least 10% of coastal and marine areas by 2020. Description: The ANMPA is located in proximity to Darnley Bay, within the Amundsen Gulf, near the community of Paulatuk, NT. The ANMPA borders the east coast of the Parry Peninsula and surrounds Cape Parry, NT. The ANMPA is located within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR), as defined by the Inuvialuit Final Agreement, which was approved, given effect and declared valid by the Western Arctic (Inuvialuit) Claims Settlement Act. The Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam Marine Protected Areas Regulations (the Regulations) designate an area of approximately 2 361 km 2 as a marine protected area. The Regulations set out general prohibitions to protect the marine environment, and include exceptions that allow certain activities to take place in the ANMPA that do not compromise the conservation objectives of the ANMPA. Cost-benefit statement: The incremental benefits of the ANMPA are largely related to conserving and protecting unique and productive ecosystems. Marine protected areas generally have been demonstrated to function as both a refuge and a source for commercially and socially valuable marine species. When used to complement other ecosystem-based management approaches, they can serve to maintain and even enhance economic opportunities, such as fishing and tourism. The incremental costs associated with the designation of the ANMPA are estimated to be negligible. In fact, no incremental costs to commercial fisheries, shipping, marine tourism and mineral exploration and production are anticipated, as these are either already managed through existing regulatory regimes or they do not take place within the boundaries of the ANMPA, such as it is the case for marine tourism and mineral exploration and production. There may be some costs to non-profit organizations due to the administrative requirement of submitting an activity plan; however, the present value of the annualized average costs is estimated to be less than $81. In addition, the federal government may experience additional annualized average costs of approximately $166,283 (present value) for the administration and management of the ANMPA. Therefore, the total annualized average incremental cost is estimated to be approximately $166,364, with a total incremental cost over a 20-year period estimated to be approximately $1,762,460 (discounted at 7%). A qualitative evaluation of the potential ecological, social and cultural benefits indicates that the incremental benefits of the designation of the ANMPA would outweigh the estimated incremental costs. “One-for-One” Rule and small business lens: The “One-for-One” Rule does not apply, as the Regulations do not impose new administrative burden costs on business. The small business lens does not apply, as the expected nationwide costs of the Regulations are well below the $1 million annual threshold and are not disproportionately higher on small business. Background Discovery In 2008, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) received funding under the Health of the Oceans Initiative (see footnote 2) to establish a new marine protected area in the Beaufort Sea Large Ocean Management Area. (see footnote 3) Subsequently, a Site Selection Advisory Committee composed of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC), (see footnote 4) the Inuvialuit Game Council (IGC), (see footnote 5) the Fisheries Joint Management Committee (FJMC), (see footnote 6) and DFO was formed to identify a marine area within the Beaufort Sea Large Ocean Management Area that required conservation measures. Through consultation, the Site Selection Advisory Committee identified three potential marine areas requiring additional conservation measures near the communities of Paulatuk, Sachs Harbour and Ulukhaktok, NT. These three sites were then screened against selection criteria based on ecological, social, economic, and cultural factors. As a result, the area adjacent to the community of Paulatuk, NT, was identified as the best candidate for designation as a marine protected area. After reviewing the results of the evaluation, the three communities agreed to support the establishment of the Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam Area of Interest (ANAOI) as a possible marine protected area under the Oceans Act. In October 2010, DFO officially identified the ANAOI as a potential site for marine protected area designation. Ecological significance The ANMPA is an ecologically important area, providing critical habitat for a variety of species such as Arctic char, cod, beluga whales, polar bears, ringed seals, bearded seals and a variety of birds. It is home to the only thick-billed murre colony in the western Canadian Arctic. Many species, such as Arctic char and beluga, use Darnley Bay for feeding. In the open-water season, near shore waters provide migratory corridors and feeding habitat for Arctic char and other anadromous fish species, while offshore areas support a variety of marine invertebrates, fish, mammals and birds. During winter, the sea ice provides breeding and feeding habitat for polar bears and seals, while polynyas (see footnote 7) offer critical feeding areas and promote aggregations of marine mammals and their prey. Socio-economic significance The community of Paulatuk, NT, with a population of approximately 300 people, has a strong connection to the land and sea, which is vital to their health and well-being. The Inuvialuit actively harvest throughout the ANMPA, with two thirds of the adult population engaged in hunting and fishing. Harvesting activities not only provide an important source of food, but also a means of passing traditional knowledge and skills to the youth of the community. Due to the remoteness of the ANMPA, tourism is currently limited to visitors of the nearby Tuktut Nogait National Park of Canada, to paddlers using the neighbouring rivers, and, very rarely, to cruise ships. The vast majority of the shipping within the ANMPA is for community resupply by barge of, for example, fuel and building or household supplies. Hunting, fishing and trapping are major economic activities for the residents of Paulatuk, NT, especially because of scarce employment opportunities and limited wages in the public and private sectors in the area. The community depends heavily on harvesting activities for the majority of the foods consumed. No commercial fishing currently takes place within the ANMPA, so the current level of catches in the area is very low. There has been no recent petroleum exploration activity in the area, and no economically viable mineral deposits have been found within the ANMPA. There is, however, current interest in mineral exploration and potential future extraction of minerals on land located on the Parry Peninsula, adjacent to the ANMPA. Darnley Bay Resources Limited and Diadem Resources Limited own the mineral tenure related to this onshore gravity anomaly (i.e. a site that potentially contains a large mineral complex). Issues The Arctic climate is experiencing rapid environmental changes resulting in new socio-economic opportunities and challenges for the Arctic region. For example, warming may result in an extended shipping season or create new shipping routes, which in turn may facilitate access to mining, oil and gas exploration and development, increased commercial fishing opportunities, research, and tourism across the Arctic. Increased accessibility for these types of activities poses a risk to the habitat, biodiversity and ecosystem functions within the Arctic, generally, and within the ANMPA, specifically. The ANMPA, which is approximately 2 361 km 2 in size, has been identified as an ecologically important area from the perspective of both science and Inuvialuit traditional knowledge. The Regulations provide proactive, long-term and comprehensive protection to this ecologically important marine area, consistent with the purposes of section 35 of the Oceans Act, and allow for the proper management of human-induced pressures that would otherwise adversely impact the ecologically significant components of the area. Objectives The intent of the Regulations is to protect the marine ecosystem, species and ecological processes in the ANMPA so as to achieve its conservation objectives. This is accomplished through the prohibition of certain human activities in the ANMPA while allowing specific activities that are consistent with its conservation objectives. There are two conservation objectives for the ANMPA: 1. To maintain the integrity of the marine environment offshore of the Cape Parry Migratory Bird Sanctuary (MBS) so that it is productive and allows for higher trophic level feeding by ensuring that the Cape Parry polynyas and associated sea-ice habitat, and the role of key prey species (e.g. Arctic cod), are not disrupted by human activities; and 2. To maintain the habitat to support populations of key species (i.e. beluga, Arctic char, ringed and bearded seals). The first conservation objective applies to the northern Cape Parry portion of the ANMPA. The second objective was based on traditional and local knowledge and applies to the east side of Parry Peninsula. The ANMPA is the first Oceans Act marine protected area to have a conservation objective based solely on traditional and local knowledge. Description The Regulations are made pursuant to subsection 35(3) of the Oceans Act and designate the ANMPA. ANMPA boundaries The Regulations establish the boundaries of the ANMPA and identify the activities (e.g. scientific research and monitoring, or educational activities) that may be allowed to occur within those boundaries. The ANMPA borders the east coast of the Parry Peninsula, near the community of Paulatuk, NT. The boundary stretches northward and surrounds the highly productive area around Cape Parry, NT. The ANMPA consists of the following components, below the low-water line: the seabed; the subsoil to a depth of 5 m (this is considered the depth of the active biological layer necessary to support the conservation objectives for the ANMPA); and the water column above the sea bed, including sea ice. A map of the ANMPA is provided in Annex 1. Prohibition The Regulations prohibit within the ANMPA the carrying out of any activity that disturbs, damages, destroys or removes from the ANMPA any living marine organism or any part of its habitat, or is likely to do so. Exceptions The Regulations include exceptions to allow specific activities to occur within the ANMPA. These activities constitute exceptions to the prohibition in the Regulations. Some of these activities will require the approval of an activity plan by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans in order to be carried out in the ANMPA. 1. Fishing The following fishing activities are allowed in the ANMPA, if no fishing gear listed in Schedule 2 of the Regulations is used: (a) fishing in accordance with the Inuvialuit Final Agreement; (b) fishing in accordance with subsection 22(1) of the Northwest Territories Fishery Regulations; (c) fishing for subsistence usage in accordance with subsection 22.1(1) of the Northwest Territories Fishery Regulations; (d) fishing in accordance with a domestic fishing licence issued under section 23 of the Northwest Territories Fishery Regulations; and (e) sport fishing in accordance with subsection 27(1) of the Northwest Territories Fishery Regulations. 2. Navigation Navigation carried out in accordance with the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act is allowed in the ANMPA. 3. Dredging Dredging is allowed in the ANMPA if the following two conditions are met: 1. Dredging is required to enable navigation for the purpose of supplying goods to the community of Paulatuk, NT (dredging for any other purpose would not be allowed in the ANMPA); and 2. A recommendation on the dredging has been made in accordance with the Inuvialuit Final Agreement and the dredging is authorized by a competent government authority. 4. Public safety, national defence, national security, law enforcement or emergency response Activities carried out for the purpose of public safety, national defence, national security, law enforcement or response to an emergency are allowed in the ANMPA. Such activities may include emergency search and rescue, oil spill response, response to shipping or aircraft accidents, national security requirements, response to an incident resulting in the release of unauthorized hazardous waste, etc. 5. Scientific research, monitoring, educational and commercial marine tourism activities Scientific research, monitoring, educational, or commercial marine tourism activities are allowed to occur within the ANMPA if 1. the proponent submits an activity plan to DFO containing descriptive information on the proposed activity and all the required information; and 2. the activity plan is approved by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans based on conditions established in the Regulations, included to ensure that these activities do not compromise the achievement of the ANMPA conservation objectives. In an activity plan, the proponent would be required to include information relating to (1) the name and contact information of the individual or organization responsible for the proposed activity; (2) the vessel to be used to carry out the activity; (3) proposed dates of entry into and exit from the ANMPA; (4) the location of the proposed activity; (5) a list of any substances that may be deposited during the proposed activity in the ANMPA; (6) a description of the proposed activity and its purpose; (7) a description of any study, report or other work that is anticipated to result from the proposed activity, and its anticipated date of completion; (8) a description of any scientific research, monitoring, educational or commercial marine tourism activity that the person has previously carried out or anticipates carrying out in the ANMPA; (9) a description of any measures to be taken to monitor, avoid, minimize or mitigate any adverse environmental effects of the proposed activity; and (10) a description of any measure to be taken to avoid interfering with fishing activities carried out in accordance with the Inuvialuit Final Agreement. Marine scientific research and monitoring activities Scientific research and monitoring are allowed in the ANMPA if the activity plan meets the conditions outlined in the Regulations, and is approved by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. The conditions are 1. that the activity is not likely to destroy the habitat of any living marine organism in the ANMPA; 2. that the activity will not interfere with fishing activities carried out in accordance with the Inuvialuit Final Agreement; and 3. that the activity will serve to increase the knowledge of the biodiversity, habitat and ecosystem function of the ANMPA, will assist in the management of the ANMPA, or will assist in the evaluation of the effectiveness of any measures taken to conserve and protect the ANMPA. Commercial marine tourism and educational activities Commercial marine tourism and educational activities are allowed in the ANMPA if the activities meet the conditions outlined in the Regulations and the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans approves the activity plan. The conditions are as follows: 1. the activities are not likely to result in the damage, destruction or removal of any part of the habitat of any living marine organism within the ANMPA; 2. the activities will serve to increase public awareness of the ANMPA; and 3. the activities will not interfere with fishing carried out in accordance with the Inuvialuit Final Agreement. Cumulative impacts The Regulations provide that the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans must not approve an activity plan for a scientific research or monitoring activity, educational activity or commercial marine tourism activity if the cumulative environmental effects of the proposed activity, in combination with any other past and current activities carried out within the ANMPA, are likely to adversely impact the biological, chemical or oceanographic processes that maintain or enhance the biodiversity, habitat or ecosystem function of the ANMPA. Deleterious substance The Regulations provide that the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans must not approve an activity plan for a scientific research or monitoring activity, educational activity or commercial marine tourism activity if any substance that may be deposited during the proposed activity is a deleterious substance [within the meaning of subsection 34(1) of the Fisheries Act], unless the deposit of the substance is authorized under subsection 36(4) of the Fisheries Act. Timeline for approval The Regulations provide that the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans must approve or deny an activity plan within 60 days after the day on which the plan is received. The Regulations also allow amendments to an activity plan previously submitted to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to be made at any time by the proponent, after which, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans would again have 60 days to approve or deny the activity plan after the day the amended activity plan is received. Studies and data To assist in the continued conservation and protection of the ANMPA, when an activity plan is approved, the person who submitted the activity plan would be required to provide the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans with a copy of any study, report, or other work that results from the activity and that is related to the conservation and protection of the ANMPA. A copy of the study, report or other work, and accompanying data would have to be provided to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans within 90 days of the completion of the study, report or other work. If the study, report or other work is not completed within a period of three years from the last day of activity, the person would be required to submit the data that was obtained from the activity to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans within 90 days after that period. Regulatory and non-regulatory options considered There are currently a number of non-regulatory management measures that apply in the ANMPA. These measures provide strategies and recommendations for the conservation and protection of certain species within the ANMPA, as well as lands and waters adjacent to the community of Paulatuk, NT. For example, the Hornaday River (located outside the ANMPA) was commercially fished from 1968 to 1986, but the fishery was closed in 1987 due to the decline in commercial catches. As a result, all potential commercial fisheries taking place in that area are advised to follow the strategies and recommended actions for the sustainable use of marine and coastal fisheries resources set out by the Beaufort Sea Integrated Fisheries Management Framework, (see footnote 8) adopted in 2014. In addition, the Beaufort Sea Beluga Management Plan (2013) provides guidelines and information to inform resource management decisions in the Beaufort Sea. This plan also identifies most of the ANMPA as an area requiring protection for beluga whales, and makes recommendations for a number of marine activities. Similarly, the subsistence fishery of Arctic char has continued and has been monitored annually under the guidance of the Paulatuk Char Management Plan, a voluntary measure in place to protect the char population in the area that includes recommendations for harvest guidelines for the Hornaday River, as well as certain areas within the ANMPA. It is important to note that the existing Paulatuk Char Management Plan and the Beaufort Sea Beluga Management Plan are aimed at a single species and do not address the protection of the ecosystem and habitats for all species in the ANMPA. The Paulatuk Community Conservation Plan is another voluntary measure aimed at conserving and protecting the land and waters adjacent to the community of Paulatuk, NT (including the waters of the ANMPA). The Plan also acknowledges areas within the ANMPA as being ecologically important and has given the areas the highest degree of protection. Furthermore, certain marine activities may be regulated under provisions of the Fisheries Act, the Species at Risk Act, the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and other federal legislation. However, the current level of protection and management fails to provide an appropriate level of comprehensive and enduring protection to the ANMPA ecosystem; therefore, the Regulations are required in addition to the existing voluntary and regulatory mechanisms to ensure the long-term protection of the highly productive area and important habitats for key species in the ANMPA. The designation of the ANMPA is necessary to conserve and protect the ecosystem within the ANMPA from current and potential future pressures. Designation of the ANMPA is the best available tool to provide for the special protection of the area and is consistent with the reasons set out in subsection 35(1) of the Oceans Act. Benefits and costs Benefits Studies in a number of different jurisdictions have demonstrated that marine protected areas function as both a refuge and a source for commercially and socially valuable marine species through spillover effects. When used to complement other ecosystem-based management approaches, as is the case for the ANMPA, they can serve to maintain and even enhance economic opportunities, such as fishing and tourism. As there are no economic activities (such as commercial fisheries, shipping, tourism, and mineral exploration and production) currently occurring in the area being designated as the ANMPA, the incremental benefits would primarily be related to conserving and protecting unique and productive ecosystems from potential future activities over the long term. Designation of the ANMPA benefits Canadians through the safeguarding of important biological habitat for numerous marine species. Designation of the ANMPA serves to mitigate direct and indirect risks to key marine species and their habitat in a comprehensive, long-term, sustainable manner. The ANMPA will also contribute to existing research by improving the understanding of marine species found within the ANMPA, and by providing an environmental baseline to inform future adaptive and responsible resource management. (see footnote 9) Canadians The measures arising from the designation of the ANMPA will likely promote environmental conservation and contribute to a strong and healthy ecosystem. The ANMPA provides invaluable direct and indirect services to society through maintaining ecosystem components and biodiversity in the long term. Direct ecosystem services such as subsistence fishing may be positively affected through protection of species habitat, which in turn may bring about more stability in subsistence fishing by making fish stock less vulnerable. Such benefits are anticipated to be directly captured by the community adjacent to the ANMPA. The communities near the ANMPA and people residing elsewhere in Canada derive non-use value from the services provided by the area. Benefits of designating the ANMPA are largely related to conserving and protecting unique and productive ecosystems, which may improve their value to Canadians through the continued existence and protection of unique habitats. (see footnote 10) The designation of the ANMPA will provide considerable social and cultural benefits to the people residing in the region and to the economy as a whole. Subsistence fishing contributes substantially to preserving traditional Aboriginal lifestyles in the region while serving as an important source of food. The area also helps support the passing down of traditional knowledge and skills to the youth of the community. Fisheries The Arctic char population in the Hornaday River and the eastern Beaufort Sea stock of beluga whales are primary sources of subsistence harvests for the residents of Paulatuk, NT. The designation of the ANMPA will have a small but long-term positive effect on the stocks of Arctic char in the neighbouring Hornaday River (and other fishing locations). Benefits would also be seen for beluga whales and other marine mammal species present in the area. (see footnote 11) As previously stated, subsistence fishing may be positively affected through protection of habitat used by species harvested by the local community and traded throughout the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. Designation of the ANMPA may bring about stability in subsistence harvests by making fish stock less vulnerable. In addition to stabilizing or increasing fish populations inside the boundaries, it may provide a similar function outside the protected area since biomass spillovers (see footnote 12) are possible. This, in turn, could result in an increase in total catch in the long term. A significant cost component in subsistence fishing is the time and fuel spent searching for fish, which could decrease as fish stocks stabilize. The same holds true for recreational fishing, which is another direct use of the area, although the current level of recreational fishing in the area is low. Protecting the habitat and ecosystem within the ANMPA through the general prohibitions may present opportunities for recreational fishing in the future. This, in turn, could result in an increase in total catch in the long term. Cultural values The ANMPA is expected to help to preserve cultural heritage by protecting an area that supports the traditional activities and lifestyles of the residents of Paulatuk, NT. Costs Government The annualized average post-designation incremental costs of $166,283 per year, with a total incremental cost over the 20-year period estimated to be approximately $1,761,600 (discounted at 7%), would be borne by DFO. These costs would relate to the administration and management of the ANMPA, including ongoing enforcement, surveillance and monitoring of activities; community engagement and outreach; and monitoring the ecosystem of the area. Fisheries Commercial fishing in the area has been closed since 1986 due to a decline of commercial Arctic char catches, and is unlikely to develop in the near future due to the importance of the subsistence fishery to the community. As a result, the ANMPA will not impose any costs to the commercial fishing sector in the study area in the form of foregone revenue or higher costs of operation. Fishing in the ANMPA in accordance with the Inuvialuit Final Agreement, which includes fishing for subsistence usage, is excepted from the general prohibition. Therefore, the ANMPA will not impose any costs on the subsistence fishing activities in the area in the form of foregone revenue or higher costs of operation. Vessel navigation Vessel navigation will continue to occur in the ANMPA and will not result in any additional costs. Scientific research, scientific monitoring, education It is anticipated that upon designation, there will be increased interest in research within the ANMPA. The Regulations allow appropriate levels of access to the ANMPA for such activities, contingent upon ministerial approval of an activity plan. The additional costs of the plan submission and approval process would be on average $81 annually, with a total present value estimated at $860 over a 20-year period. It is expected that these costs would be borne only by non-profit organizations, which would not trigger the “One-for-One” Rule. Commercial marine tourism There are currently no commercial marine tourism activities in the ANMPA, and local residents from Paulatuk, NT, indicate there are no plans for such activity in the next 20 years. For the purpose of the “One-for-One” Rule, no incremental costs to commercial marine tourism are expected. Mineral exploration and production The only current non-renewable resource sector in the area is mining. The mineral exploration and potential future extraction is located onshore on the Parry Peninsula, adjacent to the ANMPA. Currently there are two companies, Diadem Resources Limited and Darnley Bay Resources Limited, that hold mineral rights in that area. However, these rights do not overlap with the ANMPA boundaries. These companies continue to focus on the onshore gravity anomaly located southeast of the ANMPA. “One-for-One” Rule and small business lens The “One-for-One” Rule does not apply, as the Regulations do not impose new administrative burden costs on business. The small business lens does not apply, as the expected nationwide costs of the Regulations are well below the $1 million annual threshold, and are not disproportionately high for small business. Consultation Interested parties, including Aboriginal groups, the territorial government, co-management bodies, community groups, industry, and conservation organizations, have been consulted in the process leading to the designation of the ANMPA. Following early engagements with stakeholders, and the subsequent development of the regulatory proposal, the then proposed Regulations were prepublished in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on June 25, 2016, for a 30-day public comment period. Early engagement Consultations on the identification of an “Area of Interest” in the Beaufort Sea Large Ocean Management Area were initiated in January 2008. Site selection was conducted through a collaborative process that began with the formation of the Site Selection Advisory Committee, which identified an area adjacent to the community of Paulatuk, NT. Subsequently, the area was officially identified, in October 2010, as the Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam Area of Interest (ANAOI). Once the area was identified as the ANAOI, the Paulatuk Hunters and Trappers Committee (PHTC) joined the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC), the Fisheries Joint Management Committee (FJMC), the Inuvialuit Game Council (IGC) and DFO to form the ANAOI steering committee. Between 2010 and 2014, this committee, in consultation with the community of Paulatuk, NT, guided the development of the overview and assessment reports, the identification of the conservation objectives, the delineation of the boundary and the development of the regulatory intent for the proposed marine protected area. Through these early engagements, the IRC noted that preserving economic development opportunities is important. Therefore, the boundaries of the proposed marine protected area were determined so as to not interfere with two potential deep water harbour sites, at Wise Bay and Summer’s Harbour, which may be required to support future economic development opportunities in the region. The IGC and the FJMC have been an integral part of the ANAOI steering committee and these early engagements enabled them to also express their support of the proposed marine protected area. The FJMC also indicated its support of requirements for activity plans for marine tourism operations, educational endeavours, ecosystem research and monitoring. The PHTC and the community of Paulatuk, NT, also expressed their support of the proposed marine protected area through these early engagements. Numerous meetings in the community were held between 2010 and 2015, with participation from the Paulatuk Community Corporation, the Elders Committee, the Youth Committee, and other community members at large. These discussions enabled community involvement and support for the proposed marine protected area, while also expressing its desire for effective enforcement upon designation of the proposed marine protected area. DFO affirmed its commitment to ensuring an effective enforcement regime for the proposed marine protected area. Environment and Climate Change Canada was engaged early in the development of the marine protected area to seek to coordinate activities. For example, the Cape Parry Migratory Bird Sanctuary lies directly adjacent to the ANMPA. In an effort to coordinate the management, monitoring and research efforts in these two areas, Environment and Climate Change Canada will review the management and monitoring plans for the ANMPA to ensure they are complementary to those for the Cape Parry Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Early engagement with National Defence, which has a North Warning System station on the Parry peninsula, adjacent to the ANMPA, identified the need for continued access the marine protected area for, among other things, activities in relation to national defence. National Defence will also review the management plan for the ANMPA to ensure that it is complementary to plans for the North Warning System station. The Government of the Northwest Territories was engaged early about the proposed marine protected area and expressed its support of the proposed marine protected area. Diadem Resources Limited and Darnley Bay Resources Limited were engaged in 2014 on the proposed marine protected area and no concerns were identified. Both companies hold the mineral rights for the land adjacent to the ANMPA. In addition, the NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines expressed in 2014 its support for the proposed marine protected area and for the proposal to permit navigation within the marine protected area and the application of adaptive management to the overall management of the marine protected area. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers provided comments in 2014 on the proposed marine protected area, requesting that exceptions to the prohibition be included to allow for oil and gas activity (e.g. seismic surveys, oil and gas drilling, work related to pipelines) and dredging for burying of pipelines. As there is no current or expected hydrocarbon activity in the area, these exceptions are not required. The Association also recommended that a full risk assessment be done in the context of developing the management plan so as to better provide guidance over what activities would be allowed in the area. A “pathways of effects” model (see footnote 13) approach was undertaken by DFO to identify activities and associated stressors that have the potential to affect valued ecosystem components in the area. While this is not a full risk assessment, the pathway of effects model suitably identifies the risks to the proposed marine protected area. The Association also expressed its support for the application of adaptive management to the proposed marine protected area. Throughout the early consultation process, the shipping industry did not raise any concerns regarding the proposed marine protected area. Updates on the development of the proposed marine protected area were given at the annual Canadian Marine Advisory Council meetings. In 2014, the World Wildlife Fund expressed its support of the proposed approach to prohibit the use of bottom trawl fishing methods within the proposed marine protected area. The World Wildlife Fund expressed concern that the exception for vessel travel would be misunderstood by the public as also allowing for seismic surveys to occur in the area. It was explained that the proposed exception for vessel travel would not include any other activity than vessel navigation and that seismic activity would not be allowed in the proposed marine protected area. Oceans North Canada, a research-based not-for-profit organization, expressed in 2014 its endorsement for the development of the proposed marine protected area. Canada Gazette, Part I, public comment period Prepublication of the proposed Regulations resulted in five comments through the 30-day Canada Gazette, Part I, comment period. All submissions expressed support for the creation of the ANMPA and the proposed Regulations. The IRC, in its written comments, reaffirmed its support for the creation of the ANMPA and no revisions to the Regulations were needed to respond to these comments. Subsequent to the receipt of the written comments from the IRC, DFO undertook discussions with the IRC to clarify elements of the ongoing management and stewardship of the ANMPA raised in the written comments, such as funding to support Inuvialuit participation in education, management, monitoring and other related activities within the ANMPA. The IRC indicated that the Regulations do not specify the involvement of the Inuvialuit in identifying research priorities and selecting research projects to be carried out in the ANMPA, and that the Regulations do not provide for Inuvialuit access to information resulting from research activities in the ANMPA. DFO confirmed to the IRC that decisions relating to the management and monitoring of the ANMPA, including research activities carried out in the ANMPA, will be made in consideration of advice received by the FJMC and the Western Arctic MPA Steering Committee (committee comprised of community members, and representatives of the FJMC and DFO). DFO also confirmed to the IRC that information resulting from research activities carried out within the ANMPA may be made available publicly in appropriate circumstances, but that such determinations would be made on a case-by-case basis, in light of the nature of the information and subject to any applicable legislation which may govern its disclosure and any other applicable relevant authorities. Darnley Bay Resources Limited commented that they had been thoroughly consulted throughout the development process of the ANMPA and that the company had no further comments to make. The Government of the Northwest Territories submitted two comments. The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment sought a revision to the Regulations to enable dredging for the purpose of enabling transportation by vessels of mineral resources from adjacent land-based mineral sites. No revisions have been made to the Regulations, as the dredging for purposes other than community re-supply is considered to be inconsistent with the conservation objectives of the ANMPA. Nonetheless, the boundaries of the ANMPA were previously modified to enable two potential deep-water harbour sites in support of future economic opportunities in the region, including mining. The Department of Public Works and Services expressed support for the proposed Regulations, particularly as vessel navigation and research activities are allowed within the ANMPA. One individual expressed support for the proposed Regulations, and any new protections within Canada generally. Rationale As outlined in the National Framework for Establishing and Managing Marine Protected Areas (1999), an overview and assessment of the area of interest was undertaken to determine the ecological, social, economic, and cultural significance of the ANMPA marine environment. This information, which is summarized in the paragraphs below, has supported the development of this regulatory initiative. The ANMPA is an ecologically important area that serves as habitat for a variety of species, such as Arctic char, cod, beluga whales, polar bears, ringed seals, bearded seals, as well as a variety of birds. In the open-water season, near shore waters provide migratory corridors and feeding habitat for Arctic char and other anadromous fish species, while offshore areas support a variety of marine invertebrates, fish, mammals and birds. During winter, the sea ice provides breeding and feeding habitat for polar bears and seals, while polynyas offer critical feeding areas and promote aggregations of marine mammals and their prey. The area is also home to the only Thick-billed Murre colony in the western Canadian Arctic. Located in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, the ANMPA is a culturally rich area adjacent to the community of Paulatuk, NT. The Inuvialuit residents have a strong connection to the land and sea, which is vital to their health and well-being. The Inuvialuit actively harvest throughout the ANMPA, which is an important source of food, as well as a means of passing on traditional knowledge and skills to the youth of the community. The Arctic climate is experiencing rapid change, resulting in the loss of sea ice, melting glaciers and rising temperatures. The effects of climate change are more severe in the Arctic, compared to the rest of the planet. These changes are opening up new opportunities and challenges for the Arctic. For example, warming may open up new routes for shipping, which in turn will make mining, oil and gas development, research and tourism more accessible. These potential activities pose a risk to the habitat, biodiversity and ecosystem functions within the ANMPA. While existing management measures are in place, they do not provide a regulatory component that is needed to protect and conserve the ANMPA ecosystem. Designation of the ANMPA under the Oceans Act provides a broad-based umbrella of long-term protection to safeguard the marine environment, to prevent species loss and to allow ecosystem concerns to be addressed in a comprehensive manner through proactive regulation and integrated management of stressors that would otherwise adversely impact the ecologically significant components of the area. The designation also enables the community of Paulatuk to have a strong voice and role in the management and monitoring of its traditional area. This role is supported by the Inuvialuit and co-management organizations in the western Arctic. The designation of the ANMPA provides Canada with international recognition for its ongoing commitment to marine protection and contribution to the achievement of international and domestic marine conservation targets. Implementation, enforcement and service standards An ANMPA management plan is being developed to provide guidance on the day to day management, governance, and monitoring of the ANMPA, as well as with respect to reporting on the area. The management plan will describe public education and outreach, enforcement and compliance initiatives, as well as regulatory and non-regulatory measures. The inclusion of regulatory and non-regulatory measures is essential to ensuring the continued support of other legislation, regulations and policies that contribute to the protection of this area. The management plan will address needs identified by the community of Paulatuk, co-management partners, DFO, additional partners and proponents on aspects related to the governance and the management responsibilities of the area. The plan will also describe and define the roles and responsibilities of the advisory committee that will be established to provide advice to DFO regarding the management of the ANMPA, including guidelines and work plans related to the non-regulatory management components. As the lead federal authority for the ANMPA, DFO has the overall responsibility for ensuring compliance with, and enforcement of, the Regulations. This will be undertaken through the Department’s enforcement responsibilities under the Oceans Act and the Fisheries Act, and other departmental legislation regarding fisheries conservation, environmental protection, habitat protection and marine safety. Enforcement officers designated by the Minister according to section 39 of the Oceans Act would enforce the management actions and Regulations for these areas. Violations of the Regulations could carry penalties under section 37 of the Oceans Act of up to $500,000. Contraventions of requirements of the Regulations could also result in charges under the Fisheries Act and other applicable Canadian legislation. Performance measurement and evaluation A monitoring plan, aligned with the ANMPA management plan and the conservation objectives, is also being developed for the ANMPA. The monitoring plan will include indicators, protocols, and strategies to guide monitoring efforts to assess the efficacy of the conservation objectives of the ANMPA. Both the management and monitoring plans will be reviewed every five years to assess the effectiveness of the management measures in achieving the area’s conservation objectives. The conclusions of the evaluation would determine whether the Regulations are effective or require adjustment to better achieve the conservation objectives. This life cycle approach to marine protected area management will improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability of the regulatory system to support the Government’s commitment to Canadians. Contact Christie Chute Manager Marine Conservation Program Integrated Oceans Management Fisheries and Oceans Canada 200 Kent Street Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E6 Fax: 867-777-7501 Email: [email protected] Annex 1: Sketch of the Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam Marine Protected Areas Footnote a S.C. 1996, c. 31 Footnote 1 In this document, the singular form of “marine protected area” is used in the context of the establishment process. The plural form “marine protected areas” is used only where it is necessary to distinguish between the two distinct areas that together constitute the ANMPA. Footnote 2 The Health of the Oceans Initiative received funding as part of the National Water Strategy announced in Budget 2007. Footnote 3 Additional information on the Beaufort Sea Large Ocean Management Area can be found at www.beaufortseapartnership.ca. Footnote 4 The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation represents the interests of the beneficiaries of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement. Footnote 5 The Inuvialuit Game Council represents the Inuvialuit interests in all matters pertaining to the management of wildlife and wildlife habitat in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. Footnote 6 The Fisheries Joint Management Committee was established under the Inuvialuit Final Agreement to advise on fisheries management decisions. Representatives nominated by the IGC and DFO sit on the Committee. Footnote 7 A polynya is an area of persistent open water and thin ice surrounded by sea ice. Footnote 8 Beaufort Sea Integrated Fisheries Management Framework is a management tool, adopted in 2014, to support Inuvialuit rights, economic development and sustainable management of fisheries in the Beaufort Sea. This Framework, in conjunction with the application of DFO policies on sustainable fisheries, will help ensure that any future commercial fisheries taking place in this area will follow the precautionary approach, reflect ecosystem-based management criteria, and meet co-management, conservation, and sustainable-use objectives. Footnote 9 Adaptive management evaluates the implementation of regulatory and non-regulatory management tools, with the goal of improving the effectiveness, efficiency and accountability of the regulatory system. This type of management follows a “life cycle approach” and allows management to be adjusted as needed. Footnote 10 Pertaining directly to the Arctic, an Abacus Data Public Opinion Study (conducted in November 2015) found that 81% of Canadians would support or strongly support the federal government moving quickly in the next year to protect more of the Arctic Ocean. Footnote 11 While the Paulatuk Char Management Plan and Beaufort Sea Beluga Management Plan (2013) ensure thriving populations of Arctic char and beluga in the Beaufort Sea, the designation of the ANMPA complements the plans by protecting the habitats for fish and marine mammal species. Footnote 12 Marine protected areas have the potential of generating benefits to fish harvesters. For example, fish within marine protected areas are often bigger, more abundant and include more species compared to those in surrounding waters. With time, as fish in marine protected areas move out to adjacent waters, this can result in higher fishery yields. Footnote 13 A pathways of effect model illustrates the cause and effect relationship between specific drivers and resulting stressors. It does not assess the risk, i.e. likelihood and impact, of each pathway nor address cumulative effects.
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