On December 12, 2001, the Canadian government released the final Report of the Eminent Panel on Seal Management.  The Panel, created in April 2000, was charged with three objectives:
  • To evaluate the current state of scientific knowledge;
  • To provide advice on long-term strategies for management of seal populations in Atlantic Canada; and,
  • To develop a strategic harvesting plan for seal populations for the next five years.  

I'll have more to say about this when I get through the 143 pages, until then...

Click here to link to the report.
Click here for the DFO Press Release and 2002 seal quota announcement.