There’s momentum for change
I am writing this letter to inform the outdoors people of Newfoundland and Labrador that there has been a name change to our conservation group. This is both unfortunate and regrettable, because our original name, Newfoundland Federation of Hunters and Anglers (NFHA), was just about established and was respected as a conservation group in the province.
In the past, our original group, the NFHA, had an executive, a membership and sponsors. After a couple of years, due to various reasons, I was left by myself, but I refused to give up and abandon what I consider to be a worthwhile cause. I have admitted publicly that I have been by myself for over three years. I have not been speaking for anyone or on anybody’s behalf but I have been very vocal in the public media on issues that I believe are important in our outdoor world.
If you happen to hear of the Newfoundland Federation of Hunters and Anglers name in the future, my name will not be attached to it.
Our new name is the Newfoundland Association of Hunter and Anglers ( NAHA) conservation group. We have a new Facebook page with our new name. It is a closed group page where a person has to ask to join, thus becoming a member, which now numbers over 700 and climbing.
Our objectives are still the same, which are: reducing the hunting age in Newfoundland and Labrador, improving the structure of the food fishery, and introducing the Hunters Feeding the Hungry program, among others.
Currently, we are lobbying the provincial government seeking a reduction of moose licences on the island portion of the province until there has been a comprehensive study completed that will indicate what the population actually is. Once this is established, then the government can issue the appropriate number of licences to ensure that there will be a hunt for the future that will be sustainable.
The majority of moose hunters on the island admit that the moose population is in decline based on observations while out hunting, and now snowmobiling, among other activities. We have a petition that circulated around the island which will be presented to the House of Assembly on this issue.
Most recently, we have been asked and I have accepted, on behalf of the NFHA, to join a group called Newfoundland and Labrador Coalition for Aquaculture Reform, NL-CAR. I have accepted a position to be on the steering committee.
If you, as an outdoors person — not only hunters or anglers — want to see positive changes and improvements to our outdoor world, want to be part of the process, or just be a member of conservation group that can and will accomplish these and other goals, then join the Newfoundland Association of Hunters and Anglers.
Barry Fordham St. John’s Newfoundland Association of Hunters and Anglers