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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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Winnipeg Free Press ~ “Vanishing sea life Canadian Marine EcoSystems”

A multi-year study by the federal government has produced a troubling report card on the health of Canada’s marine environments, with major changes detected in all three oceans.  Vanishing sea species, warming water temperatures and a new wave of contaminants have struck Canada’s marine ecosystems, according to the document from the federal fisheries department.  The 38-page report was released, without fanfare, this summer.
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Truro Daily News-“Time to Mend Some Fences” re: Canada didn’t get open UN Safety Council seat, possible world view on seal massacre

Truro Daily News-“Time to Mend Some Fences” re: Canada didn’t get open UN Safety Council seat, possible world view on seal massacre

There was a time when a Canadian application for membership in the exclusive UN Security Council would have been considered a slam dunk, but considering this country’s poor showing in voting Tuesday for one of those cherished seats it appears as though the federal government has more than a few fences to mend among the international community.
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The Canadian Press ~ “Big Brother watching Twitter for Seal hunt $75,000 tax payer money”

They knew they were going into hostile territory, and it appears they didn’t sway many minds, but federal employees are feeling pretty good about going head-to-head with critics of the seal hunt in online forums, Twitter tweets and the blog of a teenage girl.  The pilot project, which ran last spring, could lead to more cases in which bureaucrats rebut government critics on websites big and small.
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CBC News ~ “Seal Hunt Extended”

The annual seal hunt off Newfoundland and Labrador has been extended until the end of May.  The season was scheduled to end May 15, but in a statement Tuesday, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans said the season had been extended to allow hunters more time to find buyers for pelts.  The department estimates that 60,000 seals have been taken so far this season.
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Retailers in Taiwan stop selling Canadian seal oil products after animal rights campaign

Winnipeg Free Press

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Two leading retailers in Taiwan say they have stopped selling seal oil products in response to a campaign by animal rights activists to protect Canadian seals.

The Animal Society of Taiwan said Saturday more than 160,000 Taiwanese have signed a petition against using seal oil, which is used as a dietary supplement, after viewing a film about Canadian hunters clubbing the marine mammal to death.

In response, pharmacy retailer Watsons says it is taking seal oil products out of its 230 stores in Taiwan, and Cosmed says it is doing so from its 110 stores.

Despite the campaign, the Taiwan government has refused to ban seal oil imports.
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Los Angeles Times ~ “Seal Hunt Begins, This Time with Higher Quota”

Los Angeles Times - "Seal Hunt Begins, This Time with Higher Quota"

Canada’s annual seal hunt got under way Thursday despite a dwindling market for pelts and other byproducts following a European Union import ban and slumping demand.  Nelson Kalil, manager of communications at the Fisheries and Oceans Canada department, said about 30 to 40 boats are expected to head to Newfoundland and Labrador’s northern tip to participate in this season’s seal hunt, the world’s largest.
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“Encouraging the Commercial Seal Hunt is Keeping Canadian Workers in a Dying Industry”

"Encouraging the Commercial Seal Hunt is Keeping Canadian Workers in a Dying Industry"

Senators and Members of Parliament are once again using public funds to promote the seal hunt and prevent any possible transition from seal hunting to a sustainable industry as expected and desired by the majority of our trading partners.
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Senator Harb RE-Introduces his historical bill S-207; the first Canadian parliamentarian in history to introduce a bill to prohibit the commercial seal hunt.

On March 9, 2010, I re-introduced legislation in the Senate which, by amending The Fisheries Act, will effectively end the commercial seal hunt in Canada while respecting treaty obligations and protecting the rights of Canada’s aboriginal people.
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