Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources has issued a Request for Proposals on A market assessment to identify economic opportunities for Unama’ki/Cape Breton communities in the sustainable forestry sector. The deadline is Friday March 10, 2017. You can download a copy of the RFP here.
John Couture is UINR’s Commercial Fisheries Liaison Coordinator and in this column he discusses some of the species and issues of importance to the Unama’ki commercial fishery. In this article he focuses on the proposed Marine Protected Area off the coast of Unama’ki. Think of a Marine Protected Area (MPA) as a park in the ocean. … Read More
Salmon returns remain critically low in most of Nova Scotia. Kelt fishing is only permitted in the Margaree River. Please refrain from fishing and/or keeping kelts (slinks, black salmon) in any other river. For more information please contact your local fisheries office. Here’s a printable version of our poster.
Please report the river, date, and number of salmon kept between June and December, 2016 to your local fishery department by January 31, 2017. Please indicate whether retained salmon were large (63 cm or larger, 24 inches or larger) or small (less than 63 cm or 24 inches.) It’s our responsibility to report our catches … Read More
Here is a couple of photos of an American Marten taken by one of the wildlife cameras in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. UINR’s Unama’ki Guardian Coordinator Keith Christmas, with Unama’ki guardians, helped Parks Canada with this project last year. In March 2016 we set out eight trail cameras at various locations across the … Read More
UINR’s annual calendar goes out every year to our partners, friends, and supporters of the work we do at Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources. The calendar takes you through the Mi’kmaw year, plotting moon cycles, Mi’kmaw celebrations, and other holidays. Each page includes a photograph that gives a snapshot of that month in Unama’ki. Here’s a link to a printable version.
UINR is in need of a Wetlands Research Coordinator to assist in the development and coordination of a multi-year research program aimed to support wetland protection and restoration in Unama’ki with particular focus on the Bras d’Or Lakes watershed. Please download our information sheet for details: Employment Opportunity: WETLANDS Research Coordinator
UINR Moose Management Coordinator Clifford Paul reports “We are happy to announce that our moose harvest on North Mountain wrapped up on December 10, 2016. “This year we harvested 50 moose in a humane and respectful manner. “It was a very successful harvest, greatly due to the professionalism and enthusiasm of our harvest teams who … Read More
The Board of Directors and staff at UINRwish you a wonderful holiday season and look forward to working with you in 2017! UINR will close for the holidays on Friday December 16 and we will reopen Tuesday January 3
Bras d’Or Lakes’ oysters have been harvested and enjoyed for thousands of years. UINR just published two new books on oysters–one, an illustrated children’s book in Mi’kmaw and English, and the other on Mi’kmaq ecological knowledge and scientific research. Both books are written by UINR’s Shelley Denny, Angela Denny, Emma Garden, and Tyson Paul. The Oyster Garden, Kiju’ … Read More
René Lavoie is UINR’s special guest speaker at the launch of UINR’s two new books on oysters on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 11:00 am at Membertou Heritage Park. Dr. Lavoie is no stranger to oysters. For nearly fifty years he has been involved in oyster management and research with DFO and Aquaculture Association of Canada. … Read More
On Wednesday, November 16, UINR is launching two new publications on oysters–one, an illustrated children’s book in Mi’kmaw and English, and the other on Mi’kmaq ecological knowledge and scientific research. Meet the authors and hear guest speaker René Lavoie on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 11:00 am at Membertou Heritage Park. There will be readings, … Read More