The Arctic fishery

Commercial fishing is a very small industry in the sparsely populated Arctic. In the Northwest Territories, the Inuit have fished Arctic char for both human consumption and for dog food. Lake trout, whitefish and Arctic cisco are also fished. Typically, anadromous fish populations are easily exploited as they venture to the rivers in large numbers. Generally, Arctic char are abundant throughout this region, however, overexploitation has caused the decline of some populations. If fishing is stopped in these regions, the populations quickly recover. Lake whitefish is another popular commercial fish, especially in Great Slave Lake, in the Northwest Territories.