Monday, March 23, 2009

Seal Hunt Gets Underway Off Îles De La Madeleine

From The CBC:

The annual harp seal hunt began off Îles de la Madeleine in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence on Monday.

Over the weekend, federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea set the annual harp seal quota at 280,000 animals for the entire hunt, including N.L. That's 5,000 more than last year.

Word about the precise day of the opening didn't begin to circulate until late Sunday. On Friday it was thought the hunt could be as far as two weeks off. Last year the seal began March 28, with the opening date of the season depending on when the pups are born.

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