|Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for 2000 Canadian harp seal hunt.
Date: 22 December 1999
Posted by: Peter Meisenheimer
The Honourable Herb Dhaliwal, Minister of the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), has announced that the total allowable catch (TAC) limits for the 2000 harp seal (Pagophilus groenlandicus) hunt "will be frozen at the 1999 level of 275,000." This will be the third consecutive year in which the TAC has been set at the same level.
As a recent post to this site indicated, the journal Conservation Biology, has accepted a manuscript that questions the management model of DFO and argues that the northwestern Atlantic harp seal population is probably declining [read more]. The Minister, however, indicated, "Based on the best departmental science available at this time, there is no information that would justify a change in the TAC," apparently suggesting that only studies undertaken within his own department are used as the basis for management decisions.
The TAC for hooded seals (Cystophora cristata) will also remain at last year's 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 once again been permitted.
The release also mentions a number of initiatives to be pursued by the department in the coming year, some old and some new.Read the DFO release at: