The Department of Fisheries reveals the annual Canadian seal hunt has run a $ 2 million deficit after trying to conceal the figures. Memos released under Access to Information requests reveal the government funding and plans for the Seal Hunt over the past several years; demonstrating how the 2009 European Union ban on Canadian Seal Products has affected the industry and its public image. Read the full story here.
A new University of Southampton study found offshore human activity and underwater sound may alter behavioural responses of certain invertebrate species. The altered responses by these species could have an effect on nutrient recycling, carbon storage and overall seabed productivity. To read the full story click here.
Niagara Falls Review, May 28, 2015 - Ontario has passed new legislation making it illegal to buy or breed a killer whale in the province. Following public consultations the new regulations will be finalized by July and will also set new standards for the size of pools for marine mammals, along with noise, lighting and interaction guidelines. To read more on the impact of these developments please click here.
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Barents Observer, May 27, 2015 - Since Norway's parliament cut a 12 million kroner ($1.9 million dollar) subsidy to the seal hunt from it's 2015 budget in December 2014, the annual hunt appears to be over. Without the government subsidy there remains little value in the hunt and with the revenue gone the few remaining seal hunters called it quits. In 2010 the European Union had banned seal product from Norway into Europe. To read more please click here.