The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is clarifying information released from FISH-NL on the reopening of the seal fishery.
FISH-NL announced the reopening of the hap and hood seal hunt to all harvesters and fleets by March 28th.
DFO says it will only be a limited harvest beginning March 28th and closing April 7th. The hunt will not be open to all fleets and harvesters, rather licences will only be issued to a small number of vessels harvesting for the seal processor Phocalux.
So far nine vessels have been identified.
Phocalux processes seal oil, and DFO says the harvest is for that purpose only. The hunt is limited to just over a week to allow for the taking of between 3,000 and 4,000 male seals.