Environmental Stewardship

At Baffin Fisheries we insist that 100% of our seafood products are harvested in a safe, well-managed, environmentally sustainable manner. We support the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and its vision for the world’s oceans to be teeming with life – today, tomorrow and for generations to come. A sustainable seafood market is crucial to making this vision a reality.

Working closely with the Canadian Association of Prawn Producers (CAPP) and Northern Coalition (NC), Baffin Fisheries and  Nunavut stakeholders were able to establish Nunavut adjacent shrimp under Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification in 2012/13. Baffin Fisheries continues to work with CAPP/NC to include turbot under this certification.

Nunavut Wildlife Management Board (NWMB)
Stewardship Plan

Baffin Fisheries supports NWMB Responsible Stewardship plan to:

  • Improve scientific knowledge of the Greenland Halibut (turbot) and shrimp stock.
  • Maintain a healthy Greenland Halibut (turbot) and shrimp stock through the use of science, Inuit knowledge, a precautionary approach, and discussions with other resource users.
  • Minimize harvest of small fish.
  • Operate consistently with the Species at Risk legislation.
  • Protect critical habitat, ecosystems and other species.
  • Collect and document Inuit knowledge of Greenland Halibut (turbot).

Compliance with relevant law and policy

BFC is a strong supporter of NWMB’s Responsible Stewardship guidelines. In the last several years few nets were lost and 100% observer coverage for shrimp and OA turbot was achieved. BFC has made every effort to comply with:

  • DFO Legislation/Policy: Complied with all of the relevant legislative and policy requirements of DFO, including licence conditions, regulations, management plans, conservation harvesting plans, and encounter protocols.
  • Transport Canada Legislation/Policy: Complied with all Transport Canada’s relevant environmental stewardship requirements for fishing vessels.
  • Species at Risk Act (SARA): Complied with applicable SARA measures for marine species at risk.

Research and reporting initiatives

Baffin Fisheries, in consultation with other Nunavut stakeholders, was a major contributor to two major surveys in Nunavut adjacent waters: the multi-species survey and the shrimp survey carried out under the direction of the Northern Shrimp Research Foundation.

In addition to these two major surveys, Baffin Fisheries was successful in working with the CAPP to have Nunavut’s shrimp in the Nunavut Settlement Area certified under the MSC certification process.