Return-path: <WHE_WILLIAM@FLO.ORG> Received: from FLO.ORG by VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU (PMDF V5.0-4 #8767) id <01HXOANFMNZK95IGJY@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU> for whalenet@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU; Wed, 15 Nov 1995 13:56:39 -0400 (EDT) Date: Wed, 15 Nov 1995 10:54:08 -0500 (EST) From: Michael Williamson <WHE_WILLIAM@FLO.ORG> Subject: Case Study: Canadian Seal Hunt To: whalenet@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU Message-id: <951115105408.6eac@FLO.ORG> Content-transfer-encoding: 7BIT From: SMTP%"MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET" 15-NOV-1995 01:17:15.98 To: WHE_WILLIAM CC: Subj: Canadian seal hunt Date: Tue, 14 Nov 1995 16:03:25 -0600 Reply-To: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Sender: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Comments: Warning -- original Sender: tag was rbaird@SOL.UVIC.CA From: Anne Doncaster <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Canadian seal hunt X-To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org To: Multiple recipients of list MARMAM <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> The Christian Science Monitor ran an article today on the Canadian seal hunt announcing that in 1996, sealers may use an icebreaker to reach and kill up to 200 000 seals. At a June press conference, Canada's Minister of Fisheries, Brian Tobin is quoted as calling for an expanded commercial seal hunt and saying that cod stocks could recover more quickly if they were left alone. According to the article, scientists say the quota on harp seals could be raised to 287,000 (it is currently 186,000) but also say that "there is no evidence to show that killing seals will hasten the return of the cod". Janet Russell, formerly a fisheries observer in Newfoundland stated that "the Canadian government is propping up a dying industry with taxpayer subsidies because it is the politically smart thing to do in a province with a 19 percent unemployment rate". Jack Lawson, a marine scientist at Memorial University in Newfoundland asked: "Do you kill seals despite the fact there isn't a market for all the meat or fur, and despite no evidence of an overall effect on the cod?" The article says that Tobin will announce Canada's 1996 seal management plan within days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A second piece of information came to a radio station via a wire-service at 2 a.m. today. The story stated that Asia is prepared to buy 250 000 seals from Canada but that the Minister of Fisheries has not yet decided whether the sale will go through.