Eranga Presents Research on Indigenous Arctic Fisheries at ArcticNet 2018

2018 December 18


Last week, Eranga gave both a poster and oral presentation of his work on the adaptive capacity of the Arctic turbot fishery system in the coastal community of Pangnirtung, Nunavut.

The winter turbot fishery of Pangnirtung is a key commercial fishery, and has a value ofapproximately CAN$1 million annually to the community. Eranga’s work assesses adaptive response of the turbot fishery sector to climate change: asking whether it is on track to effectively face its impacts, whether current adaptations could be further improved, and whether there is potential for sharing these adaptations among other neighbouring Nunavummiut communities.



Eranga with his poster: Can an Arctic turbot fishery adapt to climate change  at ArcticNet 2018


His research has identified four key adaptive responses of the Pangnirtung turbot fisheries system: a) the sharing of turbot fishing knowledge among neighbouring communities, b) flexibility in Inuit perspectives toward to use of turbot fish as a subsistence food, c) turbot fish market diversification, and d) the adoption of new technologies among fishermen to improve yield.


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