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Fortune Bay Announces Targets for Upcoming Drill Program at the Murmac Uranium Project

Press Release

HALIFAX, NS June 4, 2024 – Fortune Bay Corp. (TSXV:FOR) (FWB:5QN) (OTCQB:FTBYF) (“Fortune Bay” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce drill targets for its Murmac Uranium Project (“Murmac or the “Project”) located in northern Saskatchewan. A drilling program is scheduled to commence in the coming days to test up to thirteen (13) of these targets with the potential to discover high-grade, basement-hosted uranium mineralization related to the Athabasca Basin. The drilling program is being funded by Aero Energy Limited (TSXV: AERO) (OTC Pink: AAUGF) (FSE: 13L0) (“Aero”), and is being operated by Fortune Bay, under an Option Agreement that was executed on December 15, 2023.


  • A total of thirteen (13) priority drill targets have been selected following the recent completion of a high-resolution VTEMTM survey (April 2024) and 3D modelling of the existing ground gravity data.
  • The targets represent favorable settings for high-grade basement-hosted uranium deposits related to the Athabasca Basin.
  • Target selection has been based on criteria including geophysical signature, geological/structural setting, proximity to historical uranium occurrences of interest, and Fortune Bay’s previous positive drilling results.
  • Drilling is expected to commence in the coming days with approximately 2,600 meters planned in ten (10) to thirteen (13) drill holes. The program is expected to be results-driven and may be modified based on results from drilling.

Gareth Garlick, Technical Director for Fortune Bay, commented “We believe we have developed a compelling set of drill targets in collaboration with a highly experienced technical team from Aero and Convolutions Geoscience. These targets derive from the integration of new geophysical data and interpretations, key findings from our prospecting work and historical research, and learnings from initial successes in our 2022 drill program. Murmac represents a unique opportunity for high-grade, basement-hosted uranium discovery considering the significant number of surface showings and the limited drill testing of the prospective graphitic conductors. We are excited to get the drill turning on these targets.”

Drill Target Selection

Background & Previous Work

The Project is located within the original uranium mining district of Canada, lying between the historical Gunnar and Lorado Uranium Mines. The Project was explored for Beaverlodge-style uranium mineralization, predominantly during the period 1960 to 1980. Historical exploration work focused on ground prospecting and sampling, followed by trenching and/or drill testing. Numerous high-grade (> 1% U3O8) uranium occurrences were discovered (see News Release dated September 28, 2021) demonstrating a substantial endowment of uranium within the project area. The numerous conductive units (graphite-bearing metasediments) were however never systematically explored for high-grade, basement-hosted uranium mineralization typical of the Athabasca Basin and its margins. Due to their physical properties, these conductive units predominantly manifest as valleys and topographical lows, covered by overburden and small shallow lakes. These blind conductors have therefore not been properly explored by historical surface prospecting and warrant drill testing where favorable targets have been identified. The Athabasca Basin margin is located approximately five kilometres to the south of the Project, indicating vertical proximity to the basal unconformity (now eroded) and good preservation potential for basement-hosted mineralization.

During summer 2022, Fortune Bay completed a maiden drilling program of fifteen (15) drill holes to commence regional testing of the conductive units along three principal corridors, namely Pitchvein, Armbruster and Howland, that collectively cover over 30 kilometres in strike extent. The drilling program identified shallow, highly elevated concentrations of uranium in six (6) of the drill holes, including 0.18% U3O8 and 0.17% U3O8 from individual assay samples. Importantly, these discoveries demonstrated geological and geochemical characteristics consistent with unconformity-related, basement-hosted deposits, thereby validating the exploration model and demonstrating the potential for high-grade discovery through additional exploration. Further details regarding Fortune Bay’s drill results can be found within the News Releases dated August 23, 2022 and December 13, 2022.

Recent Geophysical Data Acquisition & Interpretation

A helicopter-borne geophysical survey, including electromagnetics and magnetics, was completed during late April 2024. The survey was undertaken by Geotech Ltd. using the VTEMTM Plus geophysical system. The survey covered the entire Project on a 100-metre line spacing, obtaining new coverage and infilling the area previously surveyed in 2022 using VTEMTM at a 200-metre line spacing. Ground gravity data acquired during 2022 was subject to 3D inversion and modelling. The geophysical data processing, interpretation and integration to assist in the prioritization of drill targets was completed by Convolutions Geoscience Corporation (“Convolutions”).

Target Selection for 2024 Drill Program

Targets were selected and prioritized through an iterative approach working in collaboration with Aero and Convolutions. Target criteria included geophysical signature, geological/structural setting, proximity to historical uranium occurrences of interest, and Fortune Bay’s previous positive drilling results. A total of thirteen (13) priority targets were identified (Table 1, Figure 1) to encompass a variety of target types and provide a second phase of regional testing across the Project’s three principal conductor corridors.

Table 1: Murmac 2024 Drill Targets.

Drilling Program Details

Drilling of the targets is expected to commence in the coming days. Aero has approved a budget that is expected to allow for the completion of approximately 2,600 meters of coring in ten (10) to thirteen (13) drill holes. The program is expected to be results-driven and may be modified based on results from drilling. The Company has all the required permits for the planned drilling activities.

Qualified Person and Technical Disclosure

The technical and scientific information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Gareth Garlick, P.Geo., Technical Director of the Company, who is a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. Mr. Garlick is an employee of Fortune Bay and is not independent of the Company under NI 43-101.

Further details regarding the historical uranium occurrences noted in this news release can be found within the Saskatchewan Mineral Assessment Database (SMAD) and the Saskatchewan Mineral Deposit Index (SMDI). Fortune Bay has verified the majority of these occurrences through field prospecting and sampling, however there is a risk that any future confirmation work and exploration may produce results that substantially differ from the unverified historical results. The Company considers these unverified historical results relevant to assess the mineralization and economic potential of the property. The historical drill results obtained by SMDC in drill holes CKI-9 and CKI-10 can be found within the SMAD references 74N07-0310 and 74N07-0311 and have not been verified. Additional historical exploration results (uranium occurrences related to geochemistry results and scintillometer prospecting) derive from SMAD references 74N07-0290, 74N07-0287 and 74N07-0304.

Figure 1: Murmac 2024 Drill Targets.

About Fortune Bay Corp.

Fortune Bay Corp. (TSXV:FOR, FWB:5QN, OTCQB:FTBYF) is an exploration and development company with 100% ownership in two advanced gold exploration projects in Canada, Saskatchewan (Goldfields Project) and Mexico, Chiapas (Ixhuatán Project), both with exploration and development potential. The Company is also advancing seven uranium exploration projects on the northern rim of the Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan, which have high-grade potential. The Company has a goal of building a mid-tier exploration and development Company through the advancement of its existing projects and the strategic acquisition of new projects to create a pipeline of growth opportunities. The Company’s corporate strategy is driven by a Board and Management team with a proven track record of discovery, project development and value creation. Further information on Fortune Bay and its assets can be found on the Company’s website at or by contacting us as or by telephone at 902-334-1919.

On behalf of Fortune Bay Corp.

“Dale Verran”
Chief Executive Officer



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