The GNWT, in coordination with the federal and Nunavut governments, has agreed on a management plan for dolphin and union caribou.
The species saw rapid decline in population between 1998-2007 and have been monitored and managed since. The population have been monitored under federal legislation since 2011, and were added to the NWT List of Species at Risk in 2015.
Brett Elkin, acting as a spokesperson for the Conference of Management Authorities, says it was important to make a concise plan together with the federal, NWT and Nunavut government.
Within the species at risk this is a really good example of working together to have one plan to meet everybody’s needs.
Now that the plan has been agreed upon, Brett says the groups will have to continue to work together to identify and address problems.
The trick will be once this plan is in place is each of those groups will work together to say okay that’s what’s one of the challenges, what can we do and how do we move forward?
Brett also said the herds are particularly difficult to manage as they are affected strongly by environmental factors, namely sea ice.
The plan will be published by March 31, and the CMA has until the end of 2018 to agree on implementation of the plan.