[WILD_SEAS] Namibia to cull 67,000 Cape fur seals from August

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Date: Thu Jul 20 2000 - 06:45:29 EDT


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Namibia to cull 67,000 Cape fur seals from August
NAMIBIA : July 20, 2000

WINDHOEK - The Namibian government said yesterday it will cull 67,000
seals this year, its biggest annual quota in six years.
The cull, which the government says is to preserve fish stocks, is
likely to be fiercely opposed by wildlife organisations, who protest
against the clubbing deaths.
“The seal harvest season will start from 1 August to 15 November 2000
and it provides for 60,000 pups and 7,000 bulls to be harvested,” the
Information Ministry said in a statement.
“As in the past, the Wildlife Society of Namibia will be allowed to
attend the harvest as observers,” it added.
The quota is almost double the 35,000 seals culled last year, and the
government has given four companies concessions for the harvest, up from
two last year.
The country, which has the world’s largest population of the Cape fur
seal (Arctocephalus pusillus), insists it has to cull the mammals
annually because of dwindling fish stocks.
However, wildlife organisations say the main reason for the harvest is
economic. The seals are clubbed to death and bull penises are sold to
Asian countries, where they are used in sex potions. Seal oil and pup
fur also fetch high prices.
This year’s cull is the largest since 1994, when the country harvested
55,000 pups and 12,000 bull seals. In the same year 200,000 seals out of
an estimated population of 800,000 starved to death when climatic
changes drove away the fish that are their main food.
The government yesterday also increased its annual pilchard quota to
25,000 tonnes from 15,000 tonnes, but has expressed concern about its
fish stocks.
“The stock is not in a good state,” Fisheries Minister Abraham Iyambo
said last week.
REUTERS NEWS SERVICE
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