Nunavut allows limited caribou harvest after Baffin Island moratorium

Caribou are an important food source for Inuit on Baffin Island in Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut. 
Johnny Mike, Nunavut's minister of the environment. (Courtesy Government of Nunavut
Johnny Mike, Nunavut’s minister of the environment. (Courtesy Government of Nunavut)

But declining populations led to a moratorium on hunting the animals  in December.

This week however, the government lifted the moratorium, allowing a total harvest of 250 male caribou in the southern part of the island.

Feature Interview

To find our more about why the moratorium was partially lifted and how the harvest will work, Eye on the Arctic spoke with Nunavut’s minister of the environment, Johnny Mike:

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Caribou numbers plummet in eastern Canada, Radio Canada International

Finland:  Reindeer glitter to improve road safety in Finland, Yle News

Norway: Blog – Reindeer migration (by boat!) in Arctic Norway (VIDEO), Eye on the Arctic

Sweden: Bear hunt quota worries reindeer herders in Sweden’s Arctic, Radio Sweden

United States: Wildfires could threaten Arctic caribou herd’s winter habitat: study, Alaska Dispatch

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project.

Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the violent death of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on violence and trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

Twitter: @Arctic_EQ

Email: eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

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