NunatuKavut Community Council Vice President, Jim Howell is pleased to see a growing respect for Indigenous traditional knowledge, but he calls a recent funding announcement for coastal restoration long overdue.
The NunatuKavut Council has partnered with the World Wildlife Fund and several other groups for restoration work on a section of the Labrador coastline and indigenous traditional knowledge continues to inform an extensive capelin study by the Marine Institute.
He made the comments while representing the council at a coastal restoration funding announcement, in Holyrood yesterday.
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Howell says it’s an honour to participate in the coastline project but he calls the restoration work long overdue. He says he grew up on the Labrador coast and he notices changes over his life and cites the example of capelin. He says the species was once abundant and he looks forward to helping preserve the environment.
Howell says it will be great to see WWF learning from the indigenous community members about trends in local species but he says, ideally, restorative efforts should have started before now.
Work Begins Today
DFO is allocating $3.7-million to the World Wildlife Fund for coastline restoration in the province.
The WWF is starting the restoration of what’s being called a significant capelin spawning beach at Ship Cove, Placentia Bay.
The beach was destroyed a decade ago when the area was converted into a gravel pit.
Officials say by restoring the site, capelin, a staple in the marine ecosystem, will be able to spawn at the site once again.
Work on the project gets underway today.