The waterfowl hunting season has been extended on Prince Edward Island to curb the growing population.

Provincial wildlife biologist Brad Potter said hunters can now take part in an early goose season from Sept. 3-16. They can also hunt all waterfowl for an extra two weeks at the end of the regular season in the fall.

"Hunters and other outdoor people do contribute quite a bit to the economy. It's also good news from a wildlife point of view because in order to be able to sustain harvest, populations have to be healthy. Healthy and increasing," Potter said.

Hunters with a federal migratory bird hunting permit and a provincial hunting licence will also need an early September special permit.

The permits are free and can be picked up at the Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s forest, fish and wildlife offices in Southampton, Charlottetown and Wellington.