The harp seal population is healthy and abundant
Dr. Mike Hammill, Research Scientist, Fisheries and Oceans Canada – One of the myths surrounding the seal hunt is that it's not sustainable. And in fact the herd that we see today is roughly around 5.6 million animals, which is a large as we've seen in the last 50 years, and possibly the last 100 years. The result of the management practices that the department has had in place over the last two decades has lead to increase in population, and the current management approach is to ensure an 80% probability, that is 8 times out of 10 the herd will be at 4.1 million animals or greater. So, all our management advice is based on this objective; that is we will keep the herd above 4.1 million animals.
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