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Anguniaqvia Niqiqyuam Marine Protected Area

The Anguniaqvia Niqiqyuam Marine Protected Area is found in the Western Arctic in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. It was established in 2016 as a collaborative effort by the Inuvialuit, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, stakeholders from industry, environmental NGOs, and the GNWT. The marine protected area spans 2,358 km2. It was established to protect habitat that supports beluga whales, Arctic char, ringed and bearded seals, and polar bears. It also serves to maintain the integrity of the marine environment offshore of the Cape Parry Migratory Bird Sanctuary in order to ensure it is productive and allow for higher trophic level feeding. Subsistence hunting for Inuvialuit, particularly the community of Paulatuk is also supported by the area.