Seal fishery opening dates announced

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The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has announced opening dates for this year’s seal fishery.

The fishery for harp seals will re-open in sealing areas four to eight, and 12, at 6 a.m. Tuesday, April 9.

This fishery will open for Front longliners, Area five to eight small boats and speed boats, all Area 4 vessels, and personal use, license classes N100 to N106, N300 to N302 and N400.

The department also advises Newfoundland and Labrador seal harvesters based in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, that the fishery for harp seals will re-open in the Gulf, in sealing areas nine to 23, and 25 to 27, at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9.

The fishery will open for Gulf longliners, Gulf small boats, Gulf speed boats, and personal use, license classes N200 to N204 and N401.

The Department further advises seal harvesters having a homeport located between Big Brook to Noddy Bay inclusive, operating from vessels less than 40 feet, license classes N203 and N204, that a portion of Sealing Area 5 will also open for harp seals at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9.

Seal harvesters are advised to check with their buyers to confirm a market for their seals before going sealing.

Organizations: Department of Fisheries and Oceans, N302 and N400.The department, N204 and N401.The Department

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Big Brook, Noddy Bay Sealing Area

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  • melissa
    April 08, 2013 - 10:30

    HORRIBLE. SHAMEFUL. Eat a plant.

  • Bill Babstock
    April 07, 2013 - 19:10

    Great to see the seal hunt opening this year,never mind the comments by these bleeding hearts.As one of our old folk songs says May we always have our flipper pie and codfish for our brewis.Sad to say it is difficult to get any codfish unless it is processed in China.Have a safe and successful hunt and we will look forward to a good meal of flippers.

  • Egruts
    April 07, 2013 - 10:56

    After a year of eating hormone bred beef, lamb and Pork it will be good to have some wild seal for the table.

    April 07, 2013 - 00:38

    The massive seal herd is in the many millions of animals they are destroying the largest food source in The world THE Northern Cod Stock, countries all over the world, come to the Great Grand Banks OF NEWFOUNDLAND to fish for the COD this is why all the Countries should unite to reduce the destruction of the largest food source in the world by the massive seal Herd, The NTV NEWS archives should have a copy of a news broadcast that show a herd of seals hunting like a pack of wolves driving cod fish upon the shore line and people picking up live cod fish driven ashore by seals, The fishermen that filmed this said that the ocean floor in the small cove where this was filmed was 5-6 feet deep with dead fish with their belly torn out, it is said the seals only eat the fish livers. The NTV archives should have a copy of this film that they broadcasted, A copy of this film should be produced to show the world the destruction to the largest food source in the world by the massive seal herd which has grown out of control

  • Lori Newland
    April 06, 2013 - 10:21

    Why are you allowing the killing of these seals? They are protected. There is not a demand for any part of them. You are here to protect animals not kill them. Please stop the fishing and then they will have food to eat. It is inhumane to kill these poor animals. Is money more important than a life?

  • Alice Bruckenstein
    April 06, 2013 - 09:41

    There would be no market for seals if the government of Newfoundland and Labrador didn't finance the seal processing industry. That money should be used to buy out the sealers.

  • Bridget Curran
    April 06, 2013 - 09:05

    Why would sealers need to check with their buyers? Their buyer is the government of Newfoundland via Carino and they've already pledged $3.6 Million for the second year in a row. What a farce. You know an industry is dead when you have to pay someone to buy your products. A buyout would make better economic and practical sense and would offer a better future for sealers instead of this silly waste of taxpayers' money that amounts to nothing more than a make-work welfare scheme.

  • Hunter
    April 06, 2013 - 08:35

    Why keep calling it a seat "fishery"? We do not "fish" for moose. We do not "fish" for ducks.

  • Jeremiah
    April 06, 2013 - 07:42

    "Fishery"! It is not a fishery, it is a "hunt". The seal is not a fish, it is a mammal. Stupid!

  • Martha Diaz
    April 05, 2013 - 23:46


  • Pia Vestmar
    April 05, 2013 - 17:19

    Leave the animals alone - GO VEGAN