Newsletter 2019

The Ice bridge

Press release, September 27, 2013

The Pikialarsorsuaq/North Water Polynya Cooperation Workshop concluded on October 25, 2013.

Over 20 participants, including regional Canadian and Greenlandic representatives from communities that surround Pikialarsorsuaq/the North Water Polynya, met at Inuit Circumpolar Council – Greenland's (ICC-Greenland) office in Nuuk to discuss the importance of this region.

The two-day Workshop, co-sponsored by ICC-Greenland and Oceans North Canada, addressed observations about Pikialarsorsuaq/North Water Polynya from hunters and fishermen from Pond Inlet, Grise Fiord and Arctic Bay in Nunavut, and Kullorsuaq and Avanersuaq in Greenland, as well as researchers from both countries. The workshop concluded with a strong consensus to explore joint strategies for safeguarding and monitoring the health of this region for future generations.

ICC will lead the continued work of the group. And ICC believes that such work should be followed from outside.

Carl Chr. Olsen can be contacted on (+299) 55 33 69


Fact box - Pikialasorsuaq/North Water Polynya

Pikialasorsuaq, which is located between Avanersuaq and Ellesmere Island is the largest polynya -- an area of periodically open water surrounded by sea ice -- in the world. It is also one of the most biologically productive ocean area north of the Arctic circle. Many of the marine mammals that are hunted by communities in Northern Nunavut and Avanersuaq overwinter in these waters, which also are critical for huge populations of sea birds. The ice bridge at the northern border of Pikialasorsuaq in Kane Basin was likely the earliest human migration route to Greenland. This region has been home to the northernmost human settlements in the world for at least 5,000 years.

Pikialasorsuaq - The North Water Polynya