DFO closes Nunavik beluga hunt in Ungava, Eastern Hudson Bay
Hudson Strait, Long Island, James Bay remain open
The Eastern Hudson Bay and Ungava Bay areas are closed to beluga hunting as of July 9, 2012, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans said in a statement.
That’s because the total allowable take for those areas has been reached, DFO said.
When the beluga season opened this past May 3 a quota of 10 was set for Ungava Bay and a quota of nine for Eastern Hudson Bay.
But the Hudson Strait, Long Island and James Bay areas continue to stay open for beluga hunting.
The Hudson Strait’s spring and summer season lasts from May 3 to Aug. 31, or until hunters reach the quota of 190 belugas. Of that, communities in the Hudson Strait may take up to 105 animals.
Hunters in Akulivik, Puvirnituq and Inukjuak may travel to Hudson Strait for most of their catch, while those living in Umiujaq and Kuujjuaraapik must travel to Long Island and James Bay for that area’s quota of 31 belugas.
The Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board established the total allowable take and allocation per community.
This will see the Ungava Bay communities sharing a total quota of 94 belugas, the Hudson Strait communities with a quota of 105 and the eastern Hudson Bay communities with a quota of 116.
The following areas are closed at all times:
• Nottingham Island and Salisbury Island
• Ottawa Islands
• Mucalic Estuary
• Nastapoka Estuary
• Little Whale River Estuary