Seals and Sealing in Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is the federal department responsible for managing the seal harvest. Seals are a valuable natural resource, and the seal harvest is an economic mainstay for numerous rural communities in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and the North. As a time-honoured tradition, Canada’s seal harvest provides meaningful employment to many coastal families who rely on this practice for income.

Atlantic Harp Seals

An abundance of Atlantic Harp Seals on ice floes in April 2012.