Seal Fishery Opening April 9
DFO advises Newfoundland and Labrador Seal harvesters that the seal fishery will re-open in Sealing Areas 4 to 23 and Sealing Areas 25 to 27 at 0600 hours on April 9.
This fishery will open for Front Longliners, Areas 5 to 8 Small Boats and Speed Boats, all Area 4 vessels and for Gulf Longliners, Gulf Small Boats, Gulf Speed Boats as well as Personal Use. This includes License Classes N100 to N106, N200 to N204, N300 to N302, and N400-N401.
DFO further advises Seal harvesters having a ...
Harp Seal Fishery Opening
DFO advises that the Harp seal fishery in Areas 5 to 8 and 12 will open, for a limited harvest of adult Harp seals, at 0600 hours on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 to Friday, April 07, 2017 at 2000 hours.
This harvest will only be open for those sealers who have been issued valid 2017 licence conditions specific to this adult-only, Harp seal-only harvest.
Sealers are reminded that as per Section 30 of the Marine Mammal Regulations, “No person shall fish for adult harp or hooded seals in the ...
More Misinformation About the Seal Hunt
The snow and the ice is starting to form and the termites are starting to come out of the woodwork, what I call the ill-informed bleeding hearts.
I am referring to the seal protest that took place recently in St. John’s.
Renee Gosse, one of the protesters that was interviewed by CBC, was asked why she was protesting the seal hunt. She stated that they were trying to educate the people of this province about the seal hunt, adding it is cruel, wasteful and unnecessary.
I have been ...
EU Seal Products Ban Unjust, Researcher Says
Unclear in Policy and Legal Context; Became Too Political
The ban on the importation of seal products into the European Union (EU) was nothing more than a political play aimed at showing the public the animal-loving credentials of their elected representatives, a Finland university researcher says.
Nicholas Sellheim, who holds a Ph.D in Law from the University of Lapland in Finland’s northern city of Rovaniemi and a Masters in polar law, said his research shows that although the EU seal ...
Sealers Upbeat About This Year’s Hunt
Crab Season, Ability to Attract Young People Kept Some Away
Those involved in the annual seal hunt off Newfoundland and Labrador this spring have been encouraged by the success of the season, even if it is still on a much smaller scale than it was a decade ago.
About 60,000 harp seals were taken in the commercial hunt, about 25,000 more than last year — but still a far cry from the total allowable catch (TAC) of 400,000 animals.
Ronald Tiller of Newtown, Bonavista Bay, said he and his ...
2016 Personal Use Seal License Information Session
DFO advises that there will be a seal information session for new applicants requesting personal use seal licenses in Foxtrap on Thursday, February 25, 2016, at the Royal Canadian Legion at 7 p.m.
Persons obtaining a new personal use seal license must have:
Proof of age (18 or older),
A Firearms Safety/Hunter Education Certificate,
Proof they have attended a seal information session.
As with any sealing activity, personal use seal license holders must follow the Marine Mammal ...
2016 Personal Use Seal Licence Information Session
DFO advises that there will be Seal Information Session for new applicants requesting Personal Use Seal licences at the following location: Wednesday, February 10th at St. Christopher’s Hotel, 146 Caribou Rd, Channel-Port aux Basques, NL.
Session will commence at 7 p.m.
Persons obtaining a new Personal Use Seal Licence must have:
Proof of age (18 years of age or older)
A Firearms Safety/Hunter Education Certificate
Proof they have attended a Seal Information Session
As with ...
Seal Processing Facility Files Expansion Plans
The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation recently announced that PhocaLux International Inc.’s Fleur de Lys Seal Processing and Tannery expansion plans have been filed relative to Part 10 Environmental Assessment of the Environmental Protection Act.
PhocaLux International Inc.has submitted a proposal to expand an existing seal processing facility at Fleur de Lys to include seal skin tanning. All tanning operations will take place on the first floor of an ...
European Court Upholds EU Seal Ban
A European Union ban on imports of seal products not derived from the traditional Inuit seal hunt has been upheld.
The Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice rejected an appeal brought by an association representing the interests of Canadian Inuits — Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami — and seal product manufacturers against a ruling from a lower court in 2013.
The court ruled that earlier judgement was correct in holding that the legality of the basic regulation must be assessed on the ...
Over-Regulation Killing the Seal Hunt
While visiting Foxtrap, N.L. this spring, I attended, out of curiosity, a training course for people who wanted to get a personal sealers license.
A personal sealing license is a license to kill a seal to eat — limit of six per license and the hunter is not permitted to sell the pelt.
This course was put off by Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The local fisheries officer started off by listing some of the things that they were not allowed to do and make the statement that if you ...