Open letter from marine scientists at Dalhousie University challenges claim that cull is needed to help fish stocks...
In October, the Canadian Senate approved a controversial plan to kill 70,000 grey seals in the Gulf of St Lawrence under a bounty system next year, ostensibly to revive the cod stocks that the seals were eating.... "Seals are being used as a scapegoat, just like whales were once blamed for fishery declines," said Hal Whitehead, marine biologist at Dalhousie, told the Guardian. He called the proposed cull an abuse of the science. "I don't like the idea of slaughtering all these animals for no reason."
Canada's Atlantic cod stocks, once estimated at 1.5-2.5 billion fish of reproductive age, collapsed in the early 1990s from overfishing. Despite a nearly total ban on cod fishing for the past 20 years, stocks have not recovered....
-▶ OUTRAGEOUS: CANADA'S SEAL HUNT IS IN FULL SWING: 50,000 KILLED BY HUNTERS SO FAR THIS YEAR (2014) https://www.thedodo.com/outrageous-50000-seals-have-be-543510838.html
-▶ AN INTRODUCTION TO THE CANADIAN SEAL HUNT AND SLAUGHTER - 400,000 HARP SEALS APPROVED BY CANADIAN GOVERNMENT http://www.harpseals.org/about_the_hunt/index.php
NAMBIA - THE ANNUAL SLAUGHTER OF 90,000 BABY SEALS. ONE OF THE BIGGEST MARINE MAMMAL WILDLIFE CRIMES KNOWN TO MAN http://www.scoop.it/t/our-oceans-need-us/p/2523659449/namibia-the-annual-slaughter-of-90-000-baby-seals-one-of-the-biggest-marine-mammals-wildlife-crimes-known-to-man
MEET THE KING OF SEAL KILLERS: HATEM YAVUZ. HE SLAUGHTERS 96,000 CAPE FUR SEAL PUPS EACH YEAR http://www.scoop.it/t/our-oceans-need-us/p/1316897850/meet-the-king-of-seal-killers-hatem-yavuz-he-slaughters-86-000-cape-fur-seal-pups-each-year
August 16, 2013 New York Times
THRIVING IN CAPE COD'S WATERS, RETURNING GRAY SEALS DRAW FANS AND FOES http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/17/us/thriving-in-cape-cods-waters-gray-seals-draw-fans-and-foes.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0