IFAW Briefing -- Bill C-555: An Act respecting the Marine Mammal Regulations
Bill C – 555 proposes to increase the distance that a person must maintain from another person who is fishing for seals, except under the authority of a seal fishery observation license.
Under the current Marine Mammal Regulations1, anyone within a half nautical mile (926m) of a person fishing for seals must have a seal fishery observation licence issued by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. Bill C-555 seeks to increase this distance to one nautical mile (1.8 km). There are exemptions for individuals residing on land within the proscribed distance of a person fishing for seals, those on commercial flights or vessels in transit, those engaged in the seal fishery, and those present at the request of the DFO.2