Since Nunavut became Canada’s newest territory in 1999 it has seen significant and impressive development in its adjacent offshore fishery for Greenland halibut and shrimp. To ensure the continued growth of this industry and to provide a unified industry voice on issues of concern to the fishery the Nunavut offshore allocation holders formed an industry association in 2012, “Nunavut Offshore Allocation Holders Association (NOAHA)” and it was renamed to the Nunavut Fisheries Association in 2018 to indicate it represents the fishery in general and not just the offshore sector.
The association represents the four organizations engaged in the harvest of quotas in waters adjacent to Nunavut.
Arctic Fishery Alliance:owned by the HTAs and hamlets of Qikiqtarjuaq, Grise Fiord, Arctic Bay, and Resolute Bay;
Baffin Fisheries: owned by the HTAs of Iqaluit, Pond Inlet, Clyde River, Kimmirut, and Pangnirtung;
Pangnirtung Fisheries/Cumberland Sound Fisheries Partnership: Pangnirtung Fisheries shareholders are Cumberland Sound Fisheries and Baffin Fisheries. Cumberland Sound Fisheries shareholders are the HTA in Pangnirtung, the local co-op, as well as other community shareholders;
Qikiqtaaluk Corporation: An Inuit Birthright Corporation, wholly owned by the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, representing all communities in the Qikiqtani region.
NFA focuses on:
Lobbying for increased quotas in Nunavut adjacent waters;
Attending industry meetings and putting forward Nunavut’s views on various issues as they affect the Nunavut commercial fishery and its members;
Lobbying efforts with Governments: Nunavut and Federally as it relates to issues affecting the fishery; and
Any other matters of common interest where it is important the commercial fisheries voice be heard.