Union head Keith Sullivan fears N.L. will share fate with low Gulf of St. Lawrence stocks
“The union representing fish harvesters in Newfoundland and Labrador is launching a petition asking government to deal with what they say is an overpopulation of seals.
FFAW-Unifor accuses the Department of Fisheries and Oceans of remaining “complacent while evidence mounts that an overpopulation of seals is having a serious impact on important fish species.”
A study conducted by DFO shows that a lack of cod recovery in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence may be caused by predation by grey seals, and could account for up to 50 per cent of natural cod mortality.
This is limiting the cod stock’s recovery, DFO said. An assessment predicts a 32 per cent drop in cod numbers over the next four years.
Union head Keith Sullivan is concerned this province will share a similar fate.”