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REF NO.: 302

SUBJECT: Nunavit delegation visits Marine Institute

DATE: Aug. 6

Dr. Axel Meisen, Memorial's president, and Leslie O'Reilly, Marine Institute's executive director, welcomed two ministers from Nunavut this week to discuss opportunities to strengthen fisheries and marine education and research in Canada's newest territory.

The visit by Olayuk Akesuk, minister of environment and Ed Picco, minister of education, along with other officials from the Nunavut government, is a result of an invitation from the Marine Institute to come to St. John's following the signing a partnership agreement between the Institute and Nunavut Arctic College last May.

That agreement formalized MI's and College's long-standing relationship in offering a range of fisheries and marine training for fish harvesters from Nunavut. With a structure now in place to plan, deliver and evaluate new training and research initiatives, the Government of Nunavut, government agencies and community development groups, have all allocated resources to support the partnership and its activities.

During the visit, officials will work together to find new opportunities for further collaboration between the two regions especially in the fields of marine transportation, marine environment, student mobility and marine career awareness for Nunavut youth. The ministers will also learn more about MI's extensive facilities and expertise, and review the Institute's activities in the north over the past five years.

The Marine Institute and Nunavut ArcticCollege have a solid history of working collaboratively. Since 1991, MI has delivered training programs to over 200 fish harvesters looking to get involved in Nunavut's newly developing offshore shrimp and turbot fishery. These programs have been delivered in Iqaluit and Pangertung, and include courses such as Career Orientation, Presea Trawl, Marine Emergency Duties and Marine Advanced First Aid. In addition, several fisheries-related research and development projects and technology transfer activities have been undertaken, including six projects last year. These include fisheries resource assessment activities in Clyde River, Pond Inlet and Cumberland Sound.

"There are many areas where Nunavut ArcticCollegeand the Marine Institute can work together," says Mac Clendenning, president of Nunavut ArcticCollege. "In cooperation with industry stakeholders, we are looking at expanding our fisheries training activities. We are looking at delivering programs related to marine transportation and marine environmental. We are also exploring a student mobility initiative. Nunavut ArcticCollegeand the Marine Institute are working together to create career opportunities for the youth of Nunavut." MI executive director Leslie O'Reilly agrees: "The Marine Institute and Nunavut ArcticCollege are natural partners to deliver fisheries and marine training in Nunavut. The College has the network of facilities and local delivery support, while the Marine Institute has the technical and content expertise. Working together we can do a lot more to support the fisheries and marine industries in Nunavut."

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