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Fwd: [BirdsCaribbean] Positive Actions for Shorebirds in the Caribbean

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  • Jose V. Padilla
    FYI. Sad fate that of many shorebirds in the Caribbean. ... FYI. Sad fate that of many shorebirds in the Caribbean. Begin forwarded message: From: Andres,
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 12, 2013
      FYI. Sad fate that of many shorebirds in the Caribbean. 

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      From: "Andres, Brad" <Brad_Andres@...>
      Date: August 12, 2013, 11:33:42 AM EDT
      To: undisclosed-recipients:;
      Subject: [BirdsCaribbean] Positive Actions for Shorebirds in the Caribbean


      Dear Shorebird Conservationists,

      You most likely remember the shooting of two satellite-tagged Whimbrels on Guadeloupe in September 2011.  Since the demise of Machi and Goshen, positive steps have been taken by the Ministère de l'Environnement and the Fédération Départementale des Chasseurs de la Guadeloupe and Fédération Départementale des Chasseurs de la Martinique to place some restrictions on shorebird harvest.  The following actions were implemented for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
      1. The Red Knot (beginning in 2012) and Solitary Sandpiper (2013) were closed to hunting on Guadeloupe and the Red Knot was closed to hunting on Martinique in 2013.
      2. The Ministère de l'Environnement in Paris is considering long-term removal of the Red Knot from the list of hunted species.
      3. A bag limit of 20 birds per day per hunter was instituted in Guadeloupe in 2013. This action of setting bag limits, initiated by an Overseas Department, is a rare action for the French hunting community and regulatory agency.
      4. A three-year moratorium on the shooting of Hudsonian Godwits and Whimbrels was put in place in Martinique in 2013.

      Prior to 2010, the Barbados Wildfowlers Association had begun to proactively set bag limits on certain shorebirds species,  In 2010, the Association agreed to release of harvest information to outside sources for the first time. After an objective analysis of hunting data conducted by the Canadian Wildlife Service, the Barbados Wildfowlers Association passed a series of resolutions to voluntarily regulate the hunt (starting in 2012).  Although not binding to all shooting swamp members, these recommendations included: 
      1. Limiting gross annual harvest on the island to 22,500 birds;
      2. Allowing no more than 2,500 birds shot per swamp each year;
      3. Shooting no more than 300 birds in a given day per swamp;
      4. Limiting the Lesser Yellowlegs harvest per swamp to 1,250 birds annually; and
      5. Restricting the shooting of American Golden Plovers to 100 birds in any swamp on any given day
      6. No use of extension magazines; and 
      7. Restricting the number of hunters presenting arms to only three at one time.
      These recommendations were based on based on 10 active shooting swamps; in 2013, only 8 swamps are active.  The Woodbourne Shorebird Refuge is being actively managed for shorebirds.

      Combined, we believe these actions demonstrate a positive movement by hunters and regulatory agencies toward a harvest of shorebirds that is sustainable into the future.


      Brad Andres, Migratory Bird Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
      Wayne Burke, Shorebird Conservation Trust, Woodbourne Shorebird Refuge, Barbados
      Anthony Levesque,  l’Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage, Guadeloupe
      Eric Reed, Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada
      David Wege, Caribbean Program, Birdlife International

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