Ministerial Statement: Pine Marten Showing Signs of Recovery

by ahnationtalk on May 22, 202434 Views

May 22, 2024

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Elvis Loveless, Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture:

I rise to report a significant milestone in the protection and recovery of the species we typically refer to as the “Newfoundland Marten”.

There’s a marked improvement in numbers that has resulted in a status change from “Threatened” to “Vulnerable”.

As next steps, species management plans and actions are being developed to identify conservation measures and ensure the marten continues rebounding.

This marten population is one of just 14 mammal species native to the island; they’re geographically isolated and genetically and ecologically distinct.

First considered endangered in 1996, recovery programs have been ongoing and in 2002, the species was designated under the provincial Endangered Species Act.

The Newfoundland Marten Recovery Team, chaired by Dr. Brian Hearn, worked closely with the trapping and forestry sectors, stewardship organizations, governments, Indigenous groups, and the public to make the new status a reality.

Numbers are steadily improving and currently estimated at 2800 mature animals.

I thank the fantastic recovery team and stakeholders for their commitment to conserving biodiversity.

Together, we will continue to protect rare and at-risk species from extinction in Newfoundland and Labrador.

2024 05 22

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