December 20, 2000

The Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced today that the quota for the 2001 commercial hunt of Northwest Atlantic harp seals would remain at 275,000.

The Department now reckons the replacement yield for harps in Atlantic Canada is 257,000. The phrase "sustainable harvest", usually found in quota announcements, is conspicuously absent this year.   Instead the decision is said to be "conservation-based".  To read the DFO press release, click here.