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Proposed Seal Cull Draws Fire from Top Scientists

No professional hockey player likes the sight of blood on the ice — it’s a stark reminder that a career ending injury is just a senseless illegal hook away.

That’s why the hook on a sealer’s club makes me scratch my head. How can we condone the barbaric killing of a few-weeks-old seal pup for a fur trimmed coat when we all know how Canadians react to a cowardly hook on the ice? All of that blood for no good reason is just not Canadian.

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CNEWS ~ Seal ban could trip up trade talks

While simultaneously fighting the EU ban of seal products at the World Trade Organization, Canada’s trade negotiations with the EU are put in jeopardy.  MEP David Martin leads the way in proposing that the EU refrain from trade talks with Canada until they stop the “barbaric killing of seals.”
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CBC ~ Sluggish start to annual seal hunt

The largest part of Canada’s seal hunt opened Monday, but on a pessimistic note, as sealers say prices remain too low to turn a profit.

“You just can’t go at something and not make no money,” said Dwight Spence of Port au Choix on Newfoundland’s Northern Peninsula.
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Veteran sealer Jack Troake states videotaping hurts Canadian Seal hunt

When fishermen and veteran sealer, Jack Troake was asked if he thinks there is anything that will save the (seal hunt) industry, his answer:

“The only thing that will help (seal hunt) industry is if they stop all this videotaping”.


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Source: http://www.thetelegram.com/Video/12639/Veteran-sealer-Jack-Troake

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CBC News ~ Canada to sell seal meat to China

China has agreed to buy seal meat and seal oil from Canada, according to the federal fisheries minister.

“[We are] natural partners in the seafood industry,” Fisheries Minister Gail Shea said Wednesday during a trade mission to China with Newfoundland and Labrador Fisheries Minister Clyde Jackman.

Shea said the deal between Canada and China will be signed Thursday.

“For the most part, our sealing industry derives its income from the sale of pelts,” said Shea, in Beijing during a conference call with reporters.

“They don’t get a lot of return from the sale of meat and oil, but what we are hoping to do because China is such a large market is work with our industry to support them in developing new products … so there is a lot of optimism in the industry today.”
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KINGSTONIST ~ Protesting The Commercial Seal Hunt

“I would like to see the 6 million seals, or whatever number is out there, killed and sold, or destroyed and burned. I do not care what happens to them…the more they kill the better I will love it.” – John Efford, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Newfoundland and Labrador, 4 May 1998.
The protesters handed out buttons with the initials “S.O.S.”. Their plea was not “Save Our Souls”, but rather “Save Our Seals.”
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Premier of Canada’s Newfoundland province resigns

emier of Canada's Newfoundland province resigns

OTTAWA (AFP) – The scrappy premier of Newfoundland, Danny Williams, on Thursday announced he is leaving politics after seven years at the helm of Canada’s Atlantic island province.

“I’ve called you here today to announce the end of my story as the ninth premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. I will be stepping down on December 3rd,” Williams told a press conference.

Deputy Premier Kathy Dunderdale will take over until a new leader is chosen, becoming the first woman to lead the province.
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[HALIFAX, NS] Seafood sector nets funding

Seafood sector nets funding: Today, Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau announced more than $1.6 million is being invested to help producers diversify markets and enhance productivity. The funding will also help the industry keep fish stocks healthy and productive. The investment is part of $3.75 million in seafood industry funding provided through the Community Development Trust Fund and approved through the Seafood Sector Renewal Program. The Seafood Sector Renewal Program supports projects that help the success and long-term growth of Nova Scotia’s seafood industry. The program is open to seafood processors, harvesters, industry groups and organizations, seafood corporations and co-operatives. — By The Daily Business Buzz, Transcontinental Media
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StockMarketsReview.com ~ Ministers Move Forward in St. John’s to Develop Canada’s Fisheries Potential

Federal, provincial and territorial fisheries and aquaculture ministers concluded the Ministers” meeting of the Canadian and Atlantic Councils of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers (CCFAM and ACFAM) today in St. John’’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The CCFAM Ministers agreed to focus on collaboration in four key areas: aquaculture; trade; seafood traceability; and aquatic invasive species. ACFAM Ministers agreed to continue to work collaboratively on these same issues as well as on improved seal industry marketing and development, and implementation of the lobster support package, from an industry viability perspective.

The meeting was jointly chaired by the Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture for Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Honourable Gail Shea, federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

“My colleagues and I have committed to ensuring that Canada maximizes its fisheries potential,” said Minister Shea. “I am pleased to be working collaboratively with the provinces and territories on innovative projects that are key to encouraging the development prospects of our coastal communities.
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Toronto Sun ~ “Canadian seal hunters dealt a blow, Lose bid to cull EU import ban”

Toronto Sun - “Canadian seal hunters dealt a blow, Lose bid to cull EU import ban”

A European Union judge has refused to suspend a ban on commercial seal products, delivering a blow to Canada’s trade.  On Thursday, Judge Marc Jaeger rejected the argument the embargo of seal products would cause severe financial damage to Inuit communities.
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