Nfld. & Labrador Murre Conservation Fund 2012-13

Goals and Objectives

To direct a portion of the revenues derived from the sale of Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamps for murre
hunting in Newfoundland and Labrador toward murre conservation activities that will enhance murre management and
protection to help ensure a sustainable murre population.

Background

  • Newfoundland and Labrador are the only areas in North America where murres can be legally hunted by non-Aboriginal
    peoples.
  • The murre harvest is also significant to the First Nations Innu and Inuit of Labrador.
  • Murre hunting is a significant traditional/cultural, as well as recreational, activity.
  • Beginning in 2001, murre hunters were required to purchase murre hunting licenses issued in Newfoundland and
    Labrador, validated by the Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp.
  • In 2005, Wildlife Habitat Canada, the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Environment Canada and Nature’s Legacy
    (formerly the Newfoundland and Labrador Legacy Nature Trust) agreed to use the revenues from the sale of Canadian
    Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamps to murre hunters to establish a Newfoundland and Labrador Murre Conservation
    Fund.
  • Nature’s Legacy administered the Newfoundland and Labrador Murre Conservation Fund until August 2009 when it ceased
    business operations. At that point in time, Wildlife Habitat Canada took over the administration of the Murre Conservation
    Fund.
  • Operation of the Murre Conservation Fund is led by the Newfoundland and Labrador Murre Conservation Fund Committee.
    The Committee is comprised of voting members from Wildlife Habitat Canada, Environment Canada, the Canadian Wildlife
    Service and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Environment and Conservation.
  • The Murre Conservation Fund provides funding for programs and projects that will introduce youth and/or the general public
    of Newfoundland and Labrador to the conservation, management and traditional uses of murres.

Specific Results to be Supported by the Newfoundland and Labrador Murre
Conservation Fund’s Contributions

The Newfoundland and Labrador Murre Conservation Fund provides funding to programs and projects that will
enhance the conservation and management of murre populations and their habitat, including:

  • Assessments of murre breeding populations, productivity, survival, harvests and other mortality factors.
  • Facilitation of Murre Hunting Stewardship and Wildlife Conservation to ensure that murre populations are
    sustained.
  • Activities and events that focus on long term conservation of high quality murre habitat, particularly that which is
    vulnerable.

To be eligible to receive a grant from the Murre Conservation Fund, the project must meet the criteria for current priority program
areas and an applicant must complete and submit a proposal application form to Bird Studies Canada / Wildlife Habitat Canada.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Murre Conservation Fund approved three projects in 2012/2013:

 

Benefits to Waterfowl, Wetland-Associated Species, and/or Other Wildlife

The funding of programs and projects that address priority program areas will enhance murre populations and habitats in Newfoundland
and Labrador.

Relevance to Habitat Planning, Decision Making and/or Management

The Murre Conservation Fund will support programs and projects in Newfoundland and Labrador that will enhance murre management and
protection to help ensure a sustainable murre population.