Fisheries and Oceans – November 25, 2011

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Fisheries and Oceans – November 25, 2011

Representatives from the Magdalen Islands Seal Hunters Association testified as part of the committee’s study on the management of grey seals off Canada’s east coast.

Gil Thériault and Denis Longuépée, the association’s director and president, as well as member Ghislain Cyr, told senators that controlling the grey seal overpopulation was not an option, but a necessity. They stressed that it must be made a priority very soon, since the job is already a sizeable one and becomes more difficult with each passing year.

The most recent assessment from 2010 estimates the population at 349,000 animals.