The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has approved Nunavik’s new three-year beluga management plan, including a five per cent increase in quota from the region’s last plan.
The plan was based on months of consultation with Nunavik’s 14 hunters’ associations and Makivik Corp. Under the new plan, in effect from 2017 through to 2020, Nunavimmiut can harvest the equivalent of 187 beluga whales from the eastern Hudson Bay stock. However, there are three areas in Hudson Bay that continue to remain closed to the beluga harvest at all times: Mucalic Estuary, Nastapoka Estuary and Little Whale River Estuary.
The plan aims to protect the eastern Hudson Bay stock of belugas which are considered endangered under the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).