The Truth About Sealing

Sealing has long been vital to the culture and economy of many northern and coastal communities—providing food, income, material for clothing and craft, and close ties to the land and sea. These values remain at the heart of the modern seal harvest. Today’s sealers are highly skilled; the hunt closely regulated. The seal harvest is sustainable, and its future bright.

A balanced ecosystem

A well-managed seal harvest allows fish stocks to recover, offers employment and a sustainable food source, and ensures healthy seal populations.

Did you know?

The harp seal population in the northwest Atlantic is abundant and increasing, currently numbering over 7.4 million individuals.

Natural, Healthy and Sustainable

Seal meat, textiles, and oil have been prized for centuries, and still are. Learn about the amazing modern uses for this organic, eco-friendly resource.

A Valued Renewable Resource

Canada’s seal harvest is the most carefully watched hunt in the world. The seal population is healthy and abundant, the hunt is sustainably managed, and sealers are well-trained and respectful of the ecosystem. Compliance to Canada’s Marine Mammal Regulations is high.

Education and Information

Looking for more? We have a catalog of resources available for you!

Committed to Conservation

“… the harp seal population is at a near record high with an estimated eight million individuals. Current harvest levels pose no threat to the long-term health of the species at this time … [T]here are no conservation grounds on which to end the seal hunt at present.”

—World Wildlife Fund (Canada)

Who we are

The Seals & Sealing Network is a source of research, information, and educational resources about the Canadian seal hunt. Our goal is to promote awareness and understanding.