Alberta Fish & Game Association Concerned About Metis Harvesting Agreement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Edmonton March 20, 2019)… Alberta’s largest conservation group, the Alberta Fish & Game Association (AFGA), is concerned with the signing of the Metis Harvesting Agreement signed on March 12th with the Government of Alberta.
The agreement gives unlimited rights to members of the Métis Nation of Alberta Association to hunt, trap or fish for food at all times of the year.
“We are apprehensive that this agreement opens the door to the unregulated harvesting of Alberta’s wildlife,” said AFGA President Brian Dingreville. “We have concerns when anyone is given the right to take unlimited quantities of fish or game or to disregard seasonal restrictions which are in place to ensure their long-term survival.”
The AFGA is on the side of wildlife and the environs upon which they depend and looks at the big picture when it comes to their survival. Giving anyone the right to harvest unlimited animals including fish year-round could have disastrous consequences.
Although the agreement does mention the monitoring of harvest, it is of concern as to who will be doing said monitoring as the enforcement of existing conservation laws has already been limited by insufficient budgets that are dedicated to that task. With increased allocations, as prescribed in this agreement, the inability to monitor will lead to jeopardizing the sustainability of fish and wildlife.
The Alberta Fish and Game Association is a not-for-profit volunteer organization proud to serve Albertans in the promotion of the wise use of our fish and wildlife resources and the conservation of their habitats. The AFGA has been active since 1908 in working towards these goals and has a province-wide membership of more than 24,000 individuals spread among 80+ Clubs.
CONTACT: Brian Dingreville (403) 315-5887 firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin Sharren, Executive Vice President, (780) 437-2342