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This is a summary submission by the Kugluktuk Hunters and Trappers Organisation (KHTO) to the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board for consideration as part of their Bluenose East Caribou Hearing. Per the SRRB BNE Hearing update letter of July 13 (Public Registry File 1.08), the Board has determined that the Kugluktuk submission is relevant to the Board's final decisions and recommendations, although it was not available prior to the closing of the hearing record on May 20, 2016. The Board is therefore exercising its discretion in order to take notice of this new information, and has distributed the document to the Parties.

The KHTO submission proposes development of a Community Caribou Management Plan (ICCMP) developed in consultation with the Kitikmeot Inuit Association as a KHTO-controlled alternative to the Total Allowable Harvest (TAH) proposed by the Government of Nunavut (GN), stating that "the KHTO does not believe that a TAH is necessary and should only be used as a last resort." The following tools in the ICCMP are identified, as follows:

  1. Setting a limit on KHTO member harvest which is controlled by the KHTO;
  2. Mandatory BNECH harvest reporting to the KHTO by members;
  3. Establishing a ‘No Caribou Hunting Zone’ to reduce BNECH harvest in an area that has easy access by trails and all-terrain vehicles;
  4. The establishment of an KHTO controlled enforcement system regarding BNECH harvest rates and zones, mandatory reporting, and harvest practices;
  5. Creation of a program and looking for partners to create a predator management program to reduce predation pressure on the BNECH;
  6. Continuing and improving education of KHTO members about caribou, respectful harvest practices, and alternate species to harvest; and
  7. Increased effort to increase the fair quota to the KHTO regarding muskox in the Kugluktuk harvest area to relieve harvest pressure on the BNECH.

The submission outlines the basis for the KHTO's view that the GN Department of Environment did not adequately consult with them about their proposal for a TAH. Appended is a signed May 9, 2016 resolution opposing the GN's proposal for a TAH.