Canadian Seal Hunt Continues

Well today is May 15, which is a day that kind of sticks out in our minds here, since under Canada's Marine Mammal Regulations, it is technically the "last day" of the harp seal hunt.  Under the Regulations, most areas are closed to sealing from May 16 to November 14.  Of course, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans has the authority to extend the closing date as he wishes - as is done in most years - even if the Allowable Catch has already been reached or exceeded. 

As of yesterday (May 14), 210,955 harp seals have been reported killed - still below this years allowable catch of 270,000. The hunt goes on today, and sadly, it is likely it will continue tomorrow. We'll keep you all updated...

Comments: 4

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

Yes, Melanie you probably should have verified your information sources. The seal hunt is not designed to help preserve the fisheries. It has been around for many years for the purpose of selling the seal fur as well as the oil from the seal. The seals are not the reason the cod population is in danger. Overfishing is the reason for that. I could go on about your comment but I am sure you will start to do some real reserch before you leave another one.

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

I appologize for my mistake.
I have since read the CBC's article on the seal hunt and learned that white coats loose their white fur quite early on (13-14 days), also losing their protected status at that time. Thus baby seals may be included in the hunt.
Sorry

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

There are some inaccuracies on your site.
1. It is illegeal to hunt/kill baby seals in Canada (and has been for many decades)!
2. The seal hunt is designed to help preserve the fisheries which are in serious danger (eg cod). The seal population is considerably above sustainable levels, and it is cruel to allow these mammals to starve to death. Their natural predators' (whales) populations are also in decline and are no longer keeping the seal populations in check, effectively eliminating their natural predators.
Please verify your information sources.
thank you.

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

I had really hoped that the bad weather would continue; the boats would remain stranded in ice and immobile. How much longer will the hunt go on and why aren't the "observers" still out there documenting the atrocities being visited on these defenseless marine creatures?

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