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Monitoring Marine Plastics in Canada's North (148756)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Max Liboiron
Company: Memorial University of Newfoundland
Start Date: 2017-07-22
End Date: 2017-07-22
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) identifies marine plastic pollution as a top environmental concern (UNEP, 2014). Plastics can cause a wide array of harms, such as entangling wildlife, financial damage from reducing fisheries stock, and damaging ocean infrastructure. Of the 5.25 trillion pieces of marine plastics in the world’s oceans, 92% are microplastics less than 5 mm in size allowing them to be easily ingested by marine life (Eriksen et al., 2014; Cole et al., 2013). As a result plastics have been found in a variety of animals that are consumed by humans (Liboiron et al., 2016; Rochman et al., 2015). Despite these concerns, Canada does not have a national monitoring program for plastic pollution. Notably data on the presence and prevalence of plastics in country foods in the north are particularly scarce because of the low human populations and limited research infrastructure. Our lab has an ongoing monitoring project where hunters and fishers donate catch and we analyze them for plastics, always returning data to hunters and fishers. This project spans across Newfoundland and Labrador, and we offer our services for free to any community members in the north who depend on wild caught food and who want to know about plastic contaminations in their food web. This license covers Snow geese (Anser caerulescens) and Canada geese (Branta canadensis) donated to us for this purpose. Our sampling for this project is often opportunistic—we do not turn away any samples provided by hunters and fishers, and we invite any hunter and fisher we meet to donate samples.
Persons: 1
Days: 1
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3447 polygon Cape Dorset
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CWS: Scientific permit under the Migratory Bird Regulations
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Category: Imported geometry - proect geometry
Recieved: 2018-02-26
Originator: Max Liboiron
Public Registry ID: 13690
Document Size: 663.47 Kb
Category: Imported geometry - proect geometry
Recieved: 2018-02-26
Originator: Max Liboiron
Public Registry ID: 13691
Document Size: 87.06 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Other Authorizations
Recieved: 2018-02-26
Originator: Max Liboiron
Public Registry ID: 13689
Document Size: 251.84 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2018-03-08
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 13759
Document Size: 722.21 Kb
2018-02-26 08:11:08, from: Max Liboiron
 Dear Nunavunmi Parnaiyiit, My name is Max Liboiron and I am an Associate Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland and director of the research group CLEAR (Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research). I am writing to request permission and authorization of a permit as attached in my application. In July 2017, my research assistant visited Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Nunavut on a tourism vessel as a passenger. A local hunter had hunted snow goose and Canadian geese during the 2017 spring hunting season in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Nunavut. The animals were frozen with the intentions of consuming them as country food during the winter season. The birds were gifted to Ms. Ammendolia from the freezer of the local hunter on July 22nd 2017. These birds were killed and obtained legally by the hunter (further details are presented in the permit application attached). We are interested in testing these animals for the presence of plastic pollution. No biological or chemical tests will be performed. Currently, samples are in a freezer and have not been touched. If permitted to examine the samples, then processing would take place between April 2018 and August 2018, delivery of data to the Government would occur by August 2019 at the latest. No results will be published without consulting with the Nunavunmi Parnaiyiit. Please advise how to proceed with permitting. Many thanks for your time. Sincerely, Max Liboiron

2018-03-06 09:25:41, from: Goump Djalogue
 Good morning Max, We are reviewing your project and just wanted to clarify something. Are you or team member planning on to go on the land to collect/ hunt any wildlife for this project?

2018-03-07 06:01:00, from: Max Liboiron
 Good morning! No, neither myself or any member of my team will go on the land to collect or hunt wildlife ourselves. We will only use animals gifted to us by local hunters. Best regards, Max Liboiron

2018-03-07 13:33:42, from: Goump Djalogue
 Hi Max, I have noted that you di not select the Nunavut Research Institute (NRI) and the Government of Depertment of Environment in your authorizing agencies. I was just wondering if you have contacted them and confirm that you do not need a permit from neither of them. Thanks