The Mary River Project is an approved iron ore mine owned by Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation and located on Baffin Island, Nunavut. The project involves an open pit mining operation and shipment of ore from a deep sea port. Part of the environmental assessment for this project included a determination of potential effects to the marine environment as a result of construction and operation of two proposed port facilities: one to the south of the mine at Steensby Inlet (accessed via Hudson Strait and Foxe Basin) and the other to the north at Milne Inlet (accessed from Baffin Bay via Eclipse Sound). The original project description proposed year-round shipping from the port at Steensby Inlet and seasonal shipping (when sea ice permitted) from Milne Inlet. Coastal resource Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) studies were conducted to collect information on the distribution and abundance of marine animals (invertebrates, fish, seabirds, and marine mammals) as well as local and regional use of coastal and marine areas that had the potential to be impacted by the project.
NSC's role in the project: