A commercial Arctic Char fishery should be further developed across Nunavut, not just off Victoria Island, according to a recently released Senate report.

Harvesting the fish commercially would create jobs and help the country assert its Arctic sovereignty, said Senator Dennis Patterson, vice-chair of the Senate committee on Fisheries and Oceans. He added the committee was “impressed” with the potential for social and economic benefits a commercial fishery could bring to communities.

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Commercial Arctic char industry should be developed in Nunavut: report