The Malta Independent 19 April 2024, Friday
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FKNK submits proposals for spring hunting season

Monday, 1 April 2024, 13:48 Last update: about 17 days ago

The Federation for Hunting and Conservation – Malta (FKNK) submitted its proposals for the spring season 2024 for discussion at the next meeting of the Malta Ornis Committee, the federation said Monday.

In this meeting the Committee must decide whether to recommend to the Minister the proposal of the FKNK to apply derogations to permit the traditional hunting of turtle dove and quail in April 2024, as well as to carry out research regarding the migration of turtle doves by the traditional means of turtle doves clap-nets’ live-capturing (trapping) during the same period.


These proposals were detailed in a document submitted by the FKNK, which evidence the positive results regarding the sustainability of turtle dove hunting in Malta.  These results come from the surveys that the FKNK organised, with the voluntary help of a number of members, during the turtle dove hunting seasons in September 2021 and in that of 2022, as well as through the scientific study that the FKNK, once more with the voluntary involvement of some members, undertook during the turtle dove hunting seasons in April 2022 and in that of 2023. 

In the same document the successes achieved through the FKNK Turtle Dove Project are also detailed, not just in relation to the possibility of adding Bulgaria and Kosovo to the so-called "reference population countries", but that the Project achieved one of its main objectives as a result of the amount of released turtle doves into the wild over the years, that has amply fulfilled the Project’s "compensatory measure" purpose, FKNK said.



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