Anguniaqvia Niqiqyuam (Darnley Bay) Marine Protected Area (MPA) is located within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, as defined by the Western Arctic Claim Inuvialuit Final Agreement. The MPA was established through a collaborative process with the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, and other stakeholders in the region and the government of the Northwest Territories. The MPA will contribute to Canadas Western Arctic bioregion network of marine protected areas and Canadas overall marine conservation targets by increasing protection in Canadian waters by 0.04%. The MPA aims to maintain the integrity of the marine environment offshore of the Cape Parry Migratory Bird Sanctuary and protect critical habitat for populations of Arctic char, cod, beluga whales, ringed and bearded seals, and polar bears.
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
- Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
- Ecosystem-based Adaptation
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
- Marine protected area with partial protection
- Multiple use marine protected area
- Locally or community managed marine areas
Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced efforts to establish a new marine protected area in the Beaufort Sea Large Ocean Management Area
Designation of Anguniaqvia Niqiqyuam MPA
Designation of Anguniaqvia Niqiqyuam as an Area of Interest
Other, please specify
Signifigant Government of Canada scientific and technical expertise, as well as financial resources have been comitted to achieve MPA designation for the Anguniaqvia Niqiqyuam area.
Time-frame: January 2008 - ongoing
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (government), Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (Non-government Organization), Government of the Northwest Territories(sub-national government), the Northwest Territories Fisheries Joint Management Committee(other relevant actor), and the community of Paulatuk(other relevant actor).
Cal Wengohfer, Senior Policy Analyst, Ecosystems Management Directorate, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Cal.Wenghofer@dfo-mpo.gc.ca, 613-897-3418