The Atlantic Seal Hunt Essay

1006 Words Apr 24th, 2012 5 Pages
The Seal Hunt

As a Newfoundlander I strive to hold on to every bit of our culture and history we have left. Newfoundlanders have always been known for their hard work and dedication. We’ve found work in several areas, as the island we live on has given to us. The fishery, Pulp and Paper, and more recently oil and gas. Something we’ve always been part of is the Canadian Seal Hunt. Which takes place off the "Gulf" areas around the Magdalen Islands and Prince Edward Island. The main hunt on the so-called "front" usually begins in April off the east coast of Newfoundland. (FAQs: The Atlantic seal hunt, 2009) I am in support of the Canadian Seal Hunt, It’s something that has been a part of our history for years, and it helps many
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(Canadian Seal Harvest – Myths and Realities, 2011). No matter what, every Canadian has benefited from the seal hunt in one-way or another.

Besides the impact on Canadians the Seal Hunt brings it has a special impact on Atlantic Canadians, and Newfoundlanders especially. July 2, 1992 the government of Newfoundland imposed a moratorium on the Northern Cod fishery. This left 30, 000 Newfoundlanders out of work. Fish plants closed, boats remained docked, and hundreds of coastal communities that had depended on the fishery for generations watched their economic and cultural mainstay disappear overnight. This moratorium was brought on because of decades of over fishing virtually making the Atlantic Cod obsolete. (Economic Impacts of the Cod Moratorium, 2000). The definition of moratorium means the temporary prohibition of an activity. Since 1992 Newfoundlanders have been waiting for the day that the moratorium will be lifted and we can have the fishery back to being a thriving part of our economy. However many feel they are waiting for a day that may never come. Scientist have suggested that there is a link between the rapidly population growth of the grey seals and the declining population of the Atlantic Cod. Over the last 30 years, the grey seal population off the coast of Atlantic Canada has grown rapidly - from 30,000 in the 1970s to over 350,000 today and it continues to grow. (Canadian Seal Harvest – Myths and Realities, 2011).

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