IFAW Briefing -- Bill C-555: An Act respecting the Marine Mammal Regulations

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

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Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, Director, France and Francophone Africa
Director, France and Francophone Africa
Sheryl Fink, Campaign Director, Canadian Wildlife
Campaign Director, Canadian Wildlife
Sonja Van Tichelen, Vice President of International Operations
Vice President of International Operations