On November 30, 2020, the ACCWM member Boards (Wildlife Management Advisory Council (NWT), Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board, Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nęGots’ę̨́Nákedı (Sahtú Renewable Resources Board), Wek’èezhìı Renewable Resources Board, Kitikmeot Regional Wildlife Board, and Tuktut Nogait National Park Management Board) met to discuss the Taking Care of Caribou Management Plan and revise the herd status rankings for the Bluenose-East, Bluenose-West, and Cape Bathurst herds.
The ACCWM determines herd status each year using information gathered through traditional knowledge, scientific studies, and harvest data. In the Taking Care of Caribou plan, there are four levels of herd status.
Each herd status or colour zone has recommended management actions related to harvest management, predators, land use, habitat, and education. Each year, the ACCWM submits an Action Plan for each herd to governments to guide the management of the herds. The Action Plans outline the actions to be taken to help the herd and how they will be put into place. The final herd statuses and action plans will be made public in February 2021, following submission to GNWT, Tlicho Government, and Government of Nunavut.