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13 January 2021
The federal government has approved Nunavik’s new five-year beluga management plan, which comes into effect on Feb. 1.
The plan spells out how beluga whales can be harvested throughout the region. It aims to maintain the eastern Hudson Bay beluga stock at around 3,400 whales — which is the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ current population estimate.
The beluga subspecies is designated as endangered by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.
The region’s most recent management plan expired at the end of 2019.