New book about polar bears and Inuit hunter’s knowledge in Northwest Greenland

Swimming polar bear. Photo: Flemming Ravn Merkel
Swimming polar bear. Photo: Flemming Ravn Merkel
The new book on polar bears and inuit hunter's knowledge in Northwest Greenland
The new book on polar bears and inuit hunter's knowledge in Northwest Greenland

01.20.11

The results of an interview survey made by the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources on the catch of polar bears in Northwest Greenland are now available in English. The study was originally published in Greenlandic and Danish, but because there is a wide interest on polar bears in general, and people from Arctic Canada and Alaska are especially interested in the subsistence harvest of polar bears, the volume is now being published in English.

The book is based on interviews made in 2006 with 72 experienced Inuit hunters and gives detailed descriptions of 588 subsistence catches from 1952 2005. The rationale for the study was the indication from hunting statistics that the catch of polar bears in Northwest Greenland had increased since the early 1990s. This change occurred simultaneously with marked changes in weather conditions and sea ice cover in Northwest Greenland. The information provided by experienced Inuit polar bear hunters offers a detailed and unique account of polar bear catch, polar bear biology, climate change, and the effect of these changes on both the species and the subsistence hunt.

The study was carried out by the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources (GINR), in collaboration with the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) and the Department of Fisheries, Hunting and Agriculture (Government of Greenland).The authors are Erik W. Born (Senior Scientist at GINR, Nuuk), Anna Heilmann (Independent Consultant for GINR, Nuuk), Lene Kielsen Holm (Director for Research and Sustainable Development, ICC, Nuuk) and Kristin L. Laidre (Scientist at the Polar Science Center, University of Washington, Seattle, and at GINR, Nuuk).

The title of the book is ”Polar Bears in Northwest Greenland: An Interview Survey About the Catch and the Climate”, published by the Museum Tusculanums Press, Monographs on Greenland (http://www.mtp.dk).

 

For further information contact Senior Researcher Erik Born, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, phone +45 32 83 38 25 or via e-mail: ewb@remove-this.ghsdk.dk

Or head of department Fernando Ugarte: +299 36 12 42, e-mail feug@remove-this.natur.gl

Updated 06.06.2019