Harp Seal and Hooded Seal competitive fleet in Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, Gulf and Maritimes Regions

Dates of season (subject to change)

The 2015 season start dates for sealing fleets will be determined through consultation with fleet representatives. For more information, refer to your local DFO Area Office.

Total Allowable Catches and Sharing Arrangements

The Hooded Seal Total Allowable Catch for 2015 is rolled over from 2014. The Total Allowable Catch is 8,200 animals.

The Total Allowable Catch for Harp Seals for the 2015 season is set at 400,000 animals. This includes a 20,000 developmental quota for approved projects.

New Management Measures

Mandatory training on the three-step process

In 2009, the Government of Canada strengthened the Marine Mammal Regulations to formalize already well-established humane harvesting practices. Regulatory amendments articulate a prescribed three-step process that is in keeping with international scientific standards and provides for a safe and humane harvest.

In order to renew a Sealing licence for the 2015 seal harvesting season, all sealers must have completed the Humane Harvesting Training on the three-step process for harvesting seals, as set out in the Marine Mammal Regulations

Any Sealing licence which has not been renewed will be cancelled from the licencing system as of December 31, 2015.

Please refer to the Marine Mammal Regulations for details on the three-step process and other related management measures.

Issue of Licences

A freeze on the issuance of new commercial harp seal licenses remains in effect for the 2015 season. The Department is engaging with industry on the issue of commercial licensing and ways at addressing the current freeze in place.

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