AHM 2013 – February 12th to 14th, 2013
In accordance with the Harvest Management Plan (HMP), the Porcupine Caribou Management Board (Board) held this year's Annual Harvest Meeting (AHM) on February 12 and 13, 2013 in Inuvik, NWT. The Board convened a meeting to gather input and deliberate on the harvest management recommendations for the Porcupine Caribou Herd.
During the first day, a public meeting was held, allowing time for all Parties to the HMP, the Board and the general public to share information regarding the current status of the herd and other important factors potentially impacting the herd.
The second day was an in camera session between the Parties to the HMP and the Board. The purpose of the meeting was to review the information presented during the first day as well as discuss, based on the information available, what zone the herd is in and thus, the harvest management recommendations that should be considered by the Board. It also served as an opportunity for the Parties to raise issues and challenges regarding the collection of harvest data.
The Board is encouraged that all Parties are continuing in their efforts to implement consistent harvest-reporting programs despite some challenges encountered. All Parties submitted harvest data this year. Although we are missing data from some user communities, the Board assumes work will continue to improve in the coming year. For your reference, the Harvest Summary as well as the PCTC Annual Summary Report are available here.
The Board is encouraged that all Parties have reiterated their commitment to the HMP and are following through with implementing the tasks outlined in the HMP Implementation Plan. Parties briefly related updates on the status of specific activities identified in the Implementation Plan. To assist with tracking Implementation Plan activities, the Board has prepared the attached Summary Table of Implementation Plan Tasks and Actions outlining the various activities and updates provided. Please review this table and confirm the accuracy of the information recorded. The Board, with the support of the Parties, will use this table as a tool to help track activities under the Implementation Plan on an ongoing basis. Prior to the 2014 AHM, Parties will be asked to provide an update on activities for the previous year.
Following the presentation of information and related discussions with the Parties, the Board held an in camera meeting to deliberate on the status of the herd, which harvest management zone should apply, and appropriate harvest management actions to recommend.
The attached report presents the Board's recommendations and rationale regarding the harvest management zone and associated management actions that should apply to the herd over the coming year. Also included are other related concerns raised during the meeting and the recommendations from the Board with respect to those concerns.
In accordance with the AHM Terms of Reference, 15 days following the release of this report, these recommendations are made available to the public (March 12, 2013). As agreed to in the HMP Implementation Plan, Parties are provided 30 days from the date of this report to respond to the Board's recommendations. Parties' responses are due to the Board by March 27, 2013.
For your reference, attached is a chart outlining the HMP Implementation Plan Milestones for 2013-14. All Parties are encouraged to be mindful of the key activities and associated timelines throughout the annual HMP cycle in order to continue to move forward cooperatively and on target. Please note that next year's Annual Harvest Meeting will be held February 11 and 12, 2014 in Dawson City, Yukon. In the meantime, the Board looks forward to continued work with the Parties and user communities.
2013 AHM documents
In accordance with the Annual Harvest Meeting Operating Procedures, the Annual Harvest Meeting summaries cannot be cited as a reference in publications or reports. If the information in question has not been published or is not in press, the person wishing to cite the information should seek permission to cite it as a personal communication or approach the Party that provided the information.
For more information about the Annual Harvest Meeting, please contact the PCMB's Executive Director.
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