|Total Allowable Catch (TAC) limits for 1999 Canadian harp seal hunt.
Date: January 6 1999
Posted by: Dave Johnston
Today, David Anderson, Minister of the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans released the total allowable catch (TAC) limits for the 1999 harp seal hunt.
The TAC for NW Atlantic harp seals is to remain the same as last year at 275,000 seals. Last year the harp seal TAC was exceeded by approximately 7,070 seals; let's hope that doesn't happen again. The TAC for hooded seals (Cystophora cristata) will also be held at last years level of 10,000 seals. As well, a grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) TAC of "a few hundred grey seals" from "...areas other than Sable Island..." has been set with options for other proposals left open.
Along with these TAC annoucements is a list of seal related activities to be under taken by DFO in the coming year (surveys, conferences etc..) as well as two DFO Backgrounders which provide information on the status of the NW Atlantic harp seal population and information on the currently undetermined impacts of seal predation on commercial fish stocks.Again, to read all of the gory details point your web browser at: