“ST. JOHN’S, NL – The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) is calling on the federal government to take immediate action to control seal overpopulation in an effort to protect extremely vulnerable cod stocks on the south coast of Newfoundland and in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
The most recent assessment of southern Gulf cod (4T) was clear; extinction of that cod population is highly probable due to predation by grey seals. Scientists in the region took over a decade to acknowledge the impact seals were having in the southern Gulf region, and by that time the stock was already experiencing threatened extinction. A domino effect is now working its way up the coast with seal predation threatening cod stocks on the south coast of Newfoundland (3Ps) and in the northern Gulf of St. Lawrence up to the Northern Peninsula (3Pn4R).”