Beluga hunting closes in Hudson Strait zone
Seasonal closure to last 2 months, federal department announces
The beluga whale harvest in Nunavik’s Hudson Strait zone has been closed through the end of October.
The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced the seasonal closure Friday, on the same day the closure took effect.
The affected zone along Hudson Strait runs from Ivujivik to Quaqtaq. The closure will remain in place until Oct. 31.
“Please notify your local [hunters and trappers association] of your plans to hunt in November and to gather samples of your harvest whenever possible,” the department advised in its announcement.
Areas that remain open for beluga whale harvesting are Long Island and James Bay, northeastern Hudson Bay, Ottawa Islands and Ungava Bay.
Areas that are closed to beluga harvesting at all times include east Hudson Bay zone, Nastapoka Estuary, Little Whale River and Mucalic Estuary are closed indefinitely.