Numbers of hunters seabirds/caribou

ABA 2013 18 05 Hunters 

Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) 2013.

Figure 18.5. a) Numbers of commercial hunters (pink) versus number of recreational hunters (blue) who have reported harvest of seabirds since 1993 in Greenland; b) Numbers of Greenland hunters who have reported harvest of caribou since 1993 (Department for Hunting and Fishing, Greenland, unpublished data). In 1993 and 1994 caribou hunting was closed due to small population
sizes. From 1995 to 2000 there was a strict hunting quota and recreational hunters were only allowed to hunt few caribou (Jensen & Christensen 2003). Due to increasing populations, the caribou quota has increased for recreational hunters since 2000, which can explain the peak in numbers of recreational caribou hunters. Note that there has been a strong decrease in numbers of recreational
seabird hunters since 2000, at the same time that the caribou hunt increased. This may indicate that hunters often look for replacement resources. However, there is no evidence that there is a clear correlation between these observations. In 2002, new and stricter hunting regulations for seabirds were introduced (Merkel 2010b).
This may partly explain the decrease of seabird hunters since 2002.



Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) 

The data can be downloaded freely.

Users are requested to reference it source.

Meltofte, H. (ed.) 2013. Arctic Biodiversity Assessment. Status and trends in Arctic biodiversity. Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, Akureyri.

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