Laws and legal
(Karen Mackenzie/Northern News Services, 17 March 2008) -- NUNAVUT - Hunters and trappers organizations in Grise Fiord, Resolute and Arctic Bay have joined with their Qikiqtarjuarmiut counterparts to get a piece of the fisheries pie. Representatives of each group signed the new Arctic Fishery Alliance in Iqaluit March 11. Witnessed by Quttiktuq MLA Levi Barnabas, the alliance outlines a plan to work together to improve inshore fishing while co-operatively harvesting offshore quotas. "When we first started looking at the fishing industry in Qikiqtarjuaq we had a vision," said Lootie Toomasie, chair of Nattivak HTA. "It would involve the High Arctic communities (and) would be run by Inuit. I know that this Arctic alliance will establish that vision." Nattivak withdrew from the Baffin Fisheries Coalition (BFC) in 2004, and formed fishing enterprise Masiliit Corp. This will now be owned jointly by Nattivak and a community trust, and Nattivak will apply for greater offshore turbot quotas on behalf of each of its partners.
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