‘Get the balance back’: Amid seal and sea lion boom, group calls for hunt on B.C. coast (CBC British Columbia)

‘Get the balance back’: Amid seal and sea lion boom, group calls for hunt on B.C. coast (CBC British Columbia)

Quickest way to reverse declining salmon stocks is to introduce a harvest: Pacific Balance Pinnipeds Society

For the first time in decades, a small-scale seal hunt is taking place on Canada’s West Coast — all in the hopes that it leads to the establishment of a commercial industry to help control booming seal and sea lion populations and protect the region’s fish stocks.

In early November, a group called the Pacific Balance Pinnipeds Society (PBPS) started using First Nations hunting rights as part of a plan to harvest 30 seals. The society plans to test the meat and blubber to see if it’s fit for human consumption and other uses.

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