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European hypocrisy over seals exposed ;Europe has world's largest seal hunt

In terms of their overall impact on the seal hunt, global animal rights activists can take credit for one thing, and one thing only - the largest seal hunt in the world is now based off of European shores and conducted by Europeans.

That is a detail I doubt any such group would like their financial contributors or their political patsies to hear.

It's also a tidbit that the people of Europe and their anti-sealing political class really would rather not talk about either.

Unlike the Canadian seal harvest in the waters of the northwest Atlantic, arriving at precise figures for the size of the annual northeast Atlantic seal cull is difficult because the European hunt is largely unregulated. By contrast, Canada has the most regulated, monitored and enforced seal harvest in the world. We can tell the world how many have been harvested and where they were taken at any given time at the press of a button.

TAGS: seals, seal hunt, seal cull, European seal hunt, European hypocrisy, animal rights, sustainable, fisheries, fishing, sustainability


Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 October 2010 19:47 )

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WWF cod recovery remarks are irresponsible

The Atlantic Regional Office of the WWF, in a Press Release issued this week, referred to a 69% increase in the Grand Banks cod biomass between 2007 and now as a promising sign that these cod stocks are recovering. These figures which were taken from the latest NAFO Scientific Council report were portayed as the result of an independent study of the cod situation by the WWF. This is false. The reality is that the Grand Banks cod stocks are still at an extemely low level, still only 10% of the historic spawning biomass levels.  If you had a nickel and I gave you a second nickel, you'd have a dime but would still be a long way from a dollar. Double of nothing is still nothing.

TAGS: Grand Banks cod, NAFO meeting, overfishing, EU, WWF, irresponsible remarks, bycatch, stainable fisheries, fishing

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Last Updated ( Friday, 24 September 2010 08:39 )

 

Northeast Atlantic Mackerel/The Villains

Tempers have flared in Europe during recent weeks as EU and particularly Scottish fishermen and politicians denounce the unilateral quotas for Northeast Atlantic mackerel established by Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Iceland unilaterally raised its mackerel quota from 2,000 to 130,000 tons for the year in early August, and the Faroese raised their 25,000-ton quota to 85,000 tons. Historically the highly migratory mackerel stock was harvested primarily by vessels from the EU and Norway who agreed on the Total Allowable Catch. These two major players gave token quotas to the other two players, crumbs from the table, so to speak. Changes in ocean temperatures have resulted in the mackerel moving further north than usual and hence rendered them more accessible to fishermen from Iceland and the Faroe Islands. In the absence of international agreement within the Northeast Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NEAFC), Iceland and the Faroese were free to set their own quotas
A Faroese-registered trawler was blocked by local fishermen as it attempted to offload its catch in Scotland.Scottish politicians have warned that Iceland is jeopardizing negotiations to join the EU. The EU has threatened to retaliate by withdrawing all rights for Icelandic and Faroese trawlers to catch any fish in European waters.
 
The fact is that the mackerel have deviated from their historical migration pattern. The EU and Norway need to make adjustments to the allocation scheme to accomodate the legitimate claims of Iceland and the Faroese, given the changed migration patterns. The EU and Norway do not own the resource and must share in a reasonable manner with their northern neighbours. The EU's claims of Icelandic overfishing ring hollow given that EU vessels have plundered the straddling fish stocks of the Northwest Atlantic for decades in defiance of internationally agreed quotas, exploiting loopholes in the NAFO convention ( see The NAFO Chronicles).
TAGS: Northeast Atlantic mackerel, overfishing, sustainable, fisheries, fishing, EU, Norway, Faroe Islands, NEAFC, NAFO, unilateral quotas, migration patterns
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 September 2010 10:48 )

 

Jim Winter's Letter to Senator Harb re seal hunt

Dear Senator Harb,

 

After reading your factually misleading diatribe against Canadian sealing, which - as is normal for those supporting the multi-million dollar USA headquartered “animal rights” groups - distorts, though “cherry picking”, poll results, quotes, statistics, public policy and the reality of the lives of Canadian sealers from Quebec, Nunavut, Nova Scotia and other provinces I have come to the conclusion that you might be better off resigning from the Canadian Taxpayer’s payroll and earn your income directly from one of the American animal rights groups whose propaganda and lobbying you so ardently support: for reasons I can only speculate on.

 

The seals we hunt in Canada have never, ever been on any endangered species list and Canadian management policies have seen a tripling of the Harp seal populations and increases in all the other species involved. This is not now nor ever has been a question of “conservation”. It has always been a question of targeting a “cuddly” species by American animal rights groups to raise funds to further their agenda of “ending man’s use of animals”: all uses of animal including as pets. Sealing is merely the tactic and not the goal.

 

Every major Aboriginal group including the ITK, the ICC and various Inuit  governments have rejected time and time again the concept, fostered by EU and USA governments and the animal rights movement, of “Aboriginal exclusions” on the grounds that they both ignore the realities of the market place, are inherently racist and also represent the continued “colonial mentality” of “we know what is best for you”.

 

Your comments on employment reflect the continued propaganda of animal rights groups, going back decades, that there are other viable job opportunities for coastal Canadians, whether they be Aboriginal or not, in their home communities when the facts have shown, again for decades, that aside from giving us all Government jobs - like your own - it is very, very difficult to develop alternative employment. The vast majority of coastal Canadians earn their living from a variety of sources - fishing, trapping, farming, logging and a host of other employments, including sealing - and it is the sum total of all their various jobs that provide them with the wages that allows them to earn a “decent” income: they do not, like you, have a defined job and income attached to it.

 

The bans you refer to have been put in place by “politicians” who have “bought into”  the animal rights “propaganda” disseminated, at great cost, in Europe and the USA: politicians who have been co-opted by the multi-million dollar “lobbying” efforts. Lobbying efforts based upon “quasi-facts”, vilification of sealers through the use of dehuminising language, slander and the anthropomorphising of the animal in question. Urbanites, who are the main source of funds for the animal rights movement, live in a “Disney world” and real world killing of animals is beyond their comprehension and thus an “easy sell” which the animal rights movement has successfully tapped for eons.

 

As an individual who has been attacked (verbally, physically and through the written word), as have many others of us, I find your actions in the Canadian Senate an insult to all of us and our desire to live productive lives in our own communities, whether they be in my province, or any other, and whether we be Inuit of not.

 

Your attacks - which are unfounded in fact and which accept the EU/USA condemnation of us as “immoral” because we kill animals - upon Canadian sealers and Canadian sealing further the agenda of American based animal rights groups and threaten the continued economic viability of the Canadian fur industry, the Canadian pork industry, the Canadian cattle industry and any other Canadian industry, or individual, utilising animal products to make either a corporate or personal profit: neither companies nor people can survive without a positive cash-flow.

 

I do not pretend to understand your acceptance of the animal rights movement's propaganda, nor your endorsing of their lobbying effort but I can assure you the neither I nor any other Canadian involved in sealing, is an “immoral” person and I find it offensive that you use your seat in the Canadian Senate as a tool in your ongoing attacks upon Canadian citizens to further the ends of the foreign based multi-million dollar animal rights movement: a movement that holds sway over less than 4 percent of of western populations and even less than that on a worldwide basis.

 

I find it quite strange that as a member of the Liberal Party you defy that party’s long standing endorsement of “Canadian Sealing” and attempt to make sealing a partisan issue by attacking the present government when in reality it is your own party, based upon its number of years in power, that has been the main supporter of Canadian sealing for almost a half century.

 

If you were merely articulating a view espoused by rational people I would simply ignore your ridiculous,  slanderous  comments but since you are avidly supporting the American based animal rights movement that has maliciously attacked Canadian citizens - historically in Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec and more recently in Nunavut - who have, and continue to, act within the laws of Canada, as determined by the House of Commons over the years, I must, on behalf of all of us, protest your foisting your propaganda upon the Canadian people. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Jim Winter

 

Founding President: Canadian Sealers Association

TAGS: Senator Harb, seal hunt, animal rights groups, Jim Winter, Canadian Sealers Association,

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NAFO/Fishery treaty hurts resource, democracy, sovereignty

Also see Questions re NAFO posed in Senate by Senator Rompkey here

NAFO/Fishery treaty hurts  resource, democracy, sovereignty by Gerry Byrne, MP

 A recent and widely noted University of British Columbia study shows many regional fishery management organizations around the world failing to halt dramatic declines of fish stocks.  Atlantic Canadians already know firsthand about RFMO shortcomings.  After foreign trawlers fished down the original abundance of Atlantic cod, Canada set up its 200-mile limit in 1977.  The Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization came into place to manage “straddling stocks” at the edge of our zone and beyond, on the Nose and Tail of the Grand Banks.  The organization has a dismal record. Lax  rules  and  poor cooperation have long prevented recovery of badly depleted species.  East coasters know that. But most of them and Canadians at large have never noted an alarming new possibility.  Foreign fleets could  return inside our 200-mile limit – with NAFO setting the rules. That’s partly thanks to some distant-water fishing states' maneuverings in NAFO.  But it’s mostly thanks to the Harper government, which has weakened our fishery, our sovereignty, and our democracy in a single stroke.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 August 2010 09:48 )

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