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Researchers take in Eskimo views to plan safer Arctic shipping routes

LOW-IMPACT shipping corridors influence by Eskimos along the way could make shipping safer and less disruptive, say a geography Arctic research team from the University of Ottawa, reports the Nunatsiaq News of Iqaluit, Nunavut territory

03 February 2020 - 19:00

LOW-IMPACT shipping corridors influence by Eskimos along the way could make shipping safer and less disruptive, say a geography Arctic research team from the University of Ottawa, reports the Nunatsiaq News of Iqaluit, Nunavut territory.

A map shows the low-impact shipping corridors that Canada's federal government has proposed for the Canadian Arctic. A team of researchers led by Jackie Dawson of the University of Ottawa's Department of Geography has been working to incorporate Eskimo voices into the process.



Most Eskimo and local informants agree that designated safe shipping corridors planned for Canadian Arctic waters should be set up to protect marine mammals by avoiding sensitive areas wherever possible, while reducing speed and engine noise, a report published late last December says.



They also urge the government to improve safety by doing more charting and getting vessels to avoid certain marine areas that are known to be dangerous.



The study, carried out by an eight-person team led by Jackie Dawson, an associate professor at the University of Ottawa's Department of Geography, summarises information from people living in 14 coastal communities in the Canadian Arctic.


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