Federal government announces quota for harp seal hunt, weeks after it began

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OTTAWA — The federal government has announced the quota for this year’s commercial harp seal hunt, weeks after it began.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says on its website that the total allowable catch for harp seals this year has been set at 400,000, the same quota that was set for last year.

The quota for hooded seals is 8,200 — also the same as last year.

The harp seal hunt off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador began about a month ago.

In past years, the department announced the quota before the hunt started.

Animal welfare groups say the hunt is inhumane and have called on Ottawa to support a buyout of the sealing industry.

But the government says the hunt is humane, sustainable and a source of revenue for fishermen on the East Coast.

Organizations: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Geographic location: OTTAWA, Newfoundland and Labrador, East Coast

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  • Mark
    June 09, 2013 - 09:07

    The slaughter of seals in Canada is one of the worst workfare Government programs ever invented. Its purpose is to access government money in every sleazy way these criminals can imagine. The DFO is an abomination, whose evil influence is felt worldwide in the destruction of the oceans, from the Atlantic to the coast Of Africa(Namibia). The DFO continues to use government resources to destroy the oceans' life. Their propaganda poisons Radio-Canada and the CBC. Evil walks the face of the Earth, and the DFO is definitely one of its tools.

  • Harold
    May 11, 2013 - 13:08

    crock hunting in Australia, Alligator hunting in southern USA. wild boar hunting in texas. all shown on TV in true living color for anyone and everyone, even little kids to see but no animal rights groups. why is that?? other then the fact that seals are cute and cuddly, as long as you keep your distance, whats the difference? none of those animals are killed for fun or sport. none are in danger of extinction. come on people if you got money to spend, put it to some good, adopt some kid who is homeless or some family who needs a little help or donate to the kids help line or some charity.

  • Hank
    May 10, 2013 - 19:01

    The Great seal herd is that large they are destroying the fish stock, They are going up rivers after salmon and trout , They have been found in crab pots stuck in the pots and drowned while trying to get the crab in the pots, They are causing great damage to the largest food source in the world the cod stock and fish stocks of all kinds, NTV News showed a news clip of seals driving cod fish upon the shore like caplin and people picking up live cod fish on the beach. The fishermen that filmed this said that the small cove where this was filmed was 3-4 ft deep in dead fish with their belly torn out, It is said the seals only eat the fish livers. ( the NTV NEWS SHOULD HAVE A COPY OF THIS NEWS BROADCAST and Film ) This should be made into a Film to show the World The Destruction Of The Largest Renuable Food Source in the World (The Northern Cod Stock ) by those wolves of the ocean. THE GREAT SEAL HERD.

  • Hank
    May 10, 2013 - 16:37

    The seals are destroying the largest food source in the world The Northern Cod Stock. People all over the world should Demand A Full Scale Seal Hunt OR Something Has to be done to reduce the Massive seal Herd which is destroying the largest food source in the WORLD A FOOD SOURCE THAT Countries all over the world came to the Grand banks of NFLD TO FISH, FOR YEARS, All those Countries Should Demand A Large Seal Cull Or Some Kind Of drug should be spread that seals would eat to prevent them from breeding to reduce the massive heard

    • Mark
      June 09, 2013 - 09:05

      "The seals are destroying the Northern Cod Stock" A tired propaganda myth to escape Canada's enormous guilt, destroying the seals in fact destroys the fish populations permanently and wipes out the income of your precious fishermen, none of whom deserve any more government welfare. Less than 3% of a harp seal's diet consists of commercially fished fish like cod. 97% of harp seals diet is PREDATORS of cod, such as rays and squid. Removing harp seals means an explosion in cod predators and the fish that CANADA decimated along with their nurseries with its ocean floor dragging trawlers NEVER recover. Canada used the propaganda ploy of blaming the seals for the collapse of their fishing industry, even though the seals' diet is not cod, and tried to start an industry out of the extermination of seals. It is an unbelievably brutal and cruel operation. The seal population is actually declining very quickly from the massacres conducted by Canada's DFO and from arctic ice loss due to global warming. The Canadian East Coast economy is NOT dependent on seals The brutal slaughter of seals is a personally lucrative off-season activity conducted by a few east coast fishermen. Their main income is from commercial fisheries such as crab, shrimp and lobster throughout the year.