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The International Maritime Organization is postponing further meetings due to COVID-19, including the 75th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee, scheduled to take place from 30 March to 3 April 2020. More information about IMO activitiescan be accessed at: imo.org/Coronavirus
The Arctic Council’s Working Group on the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment launched its first Arctic Shipping Status Report to facilitate awareness of and share information about Arctic shipping activities. Access the report at: storymaps.arcgis.com/stories
The National Research Council of Canada’s Arctic Program, along with their partners from governments, Indigenous and northern communities, industry and academia, seeks to address opportunities and challenges to support sustainable and low-impact development of the North, while increasing the quality of life for Northerners.
The 7th Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee’s Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response was held February 17-21, 2020. Information on the outcomes of the meeting is available at: imo-newsroom.prgloo.com
ArcticNet has added a dedicated COVID-19 page to its website providing useful and current information such as regional advisories regarding field work restrictions, project timelines and budgets, as well as external links of interest. Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information and regular updates can be found at: https://arcticnet.ulaval.ca/covid-19-update
The global limit on sulphur content in ships’ fuel oil will be reduced from 3.5% to 0.50% on 01 January 2020. The regulation is intended to substantially reduce harmful sulphur oxide emissions from ships, bringing significant benefits for both human health and the environment. Full story
The Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, the Nunavut Planning Commission, the Nunavut Impact Review Board and the Nunavut Water Board are pleased to announce that Colleen Parker has recently been selected to serve as Policy Advisor to the Nunavut Marine Council (NMC).
On August 1, 2019, Canada surpassed its 10% marine conservation target with the establishment of the Tuvaijuittuq Marine Protected Area (MPA) under the new ministerial authority of the Oceans Act. The Tuvaijuittuq MPA protects 5.55% of Canada’s marine territory, bringing the total of protected Canadian oceans and coasts to nearly 14%. More…
The Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area Planning Committee (represented by the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, the Government of Nunavut, and Parks Canada) provided an update on the status of the draft Interim Management Plan for the proposed Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area (TINMCA). The associated correspondence is available in the “Documents’ and ‘Other Resources’ tabs .
Through the Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness initiative, Transport Canada is partnering with Indigenous communities across Canada’s coasts for a pilot project to test a web-based and user-friendly system that will enhance the availability of information and data on maritime activity, including vessel traffic, and support local decision-making related to marine safety and…