Fisheries and Land Resources

Fisheries and Aquaculture


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  • Seals are a significant source of income for thousands of families in remote coastal communities in Eastern Canada, at a time of year when employment opportunities are extremely limited.
  • Sealers have stated that their income from Sealing Industry can represent from 25-35% of their total income.
  • The Sealing Industry has been worth over $55 million to our provincial economy.
  • Since 1970, the harp seal population has tripled and currently stands at 5.6 million animals.
  • Harvesting whitecoats and bluebacks is illegal and has been since 1987.
  • Research on the modern Sealing Industry by veterinary experts has concluded that seals are harvested in a humane manner.
  • The number of seals that may be harvested is based on science and sound conservation principles.

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