Environment Canada

Environment Canada

April 13, 2010 15:37 ET

Increased Presence of Wildlife Enforcement Officers on Quebec's Lower North Shore

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 13, 2010) - Environment Canada intends to ensure a stronger presence of its officers on Quebec's lower North Shore. The recent addition of several officers in the Quebec region will allow us to conduct more extensive monitoring activities and provide support to the two existing seasonal officers. Through this initiative, the Department hopes to raise awareness on the part of the public and hunters of the importance of conserving migratory bird populations on the lower North Shore, while ensuring compliance with wildlife laws and regulations.

"Further to the Canadian government's 2007 commitment to increasing the number of environmental enforcement officers, the way in which wildlife officers respond has improved considerably," said the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment. "And in order to ensure better protection of migratory birds on the lower North Shore, Environment Canada has recently acquired a new patrol boat and will open a new office in Harrington Harbour in 2010."

Environment Canada is working closely with various partners to ensure the enforcement of Canadian wildlife laws that protect Canada's plants and animals, particularly migratory birds. Cooperation from the public and hunters is necessary—if not essential—to ensure the sustainability and protection of migratory birds and to report incidents and regulatory violations in the area. It is worth noting that the lower North Shore area has some of the world's largest nesting areas for seabirds.

With the increased presence of enforcement officers on the lower North Shore, Environment Canada intends to ensure better enforcement of the wildlife legislation for which it is responsible. To that end, wildlife enforcement officers (federal game wardens) will carry out patrols, inspections and investigations, and take the appropriate legal action in the event of offences.

Environment Canada enforces, among other legislation, the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 and its Regulations in order to ensure the conservation of migratory bird populations. The regulations also govern the issue of permits, hunting seasons, permitted species, daily bag limits per region, and methods and equipment used, as well as the hours during which hunting is permitted.

For further information on regulations applicable to migratory bird hunting or to report an incident, please contact Environment Canada's Inquiry Centre by telephone, at 1-800-668-6767, or by e-mail, at enviroinfo@ec.gc.ca.

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