Latest Harp Seal Stories

2010-03-25 07:27:00

CHARLOTTETOWN, Canada, March 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thousands of harp seal pups are presumed dead in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence and starving pups are being found abandoned on the beaches of Prince Edward Island, tragic victims of the worst ice conditions recorded in eastern Canada. IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) reports that the Gulf of St. Lawrence, which is the annual birthing ground of hundreds of thousands of harp seals, is essentially devoid of...

2010-03-15 14:33:00

GUELPH, Canada, March 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has increased the total allowable catch (TAC) for harp seals in a year when the population is already challenged by a lethal habitat shortage. IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) says the increase is ridiculous and nonsensical, noting that such a high TAC is irrelevant given that few seal pups are expected to survive this year's disastrous ice conditions. "The...

2010-02-23 10:43:00

GUELPH, Ontario, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An almost total absence of ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is sounding alarm bells with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org). According to Environment Canada data, such a severe lack of ice has not been observed in eastern Canada in the past 30 years. IFAW experts are warning that the profound shortage of breeding habitat will have a lethal effect on harp seals. "We are extremely concerned," said Sheryl Fink,...

2009-03-26 14:30:00

Fisheries officials said on Thursday that hunters taking part in Canada's controversial yearly seal hunt have already filled their full kill-quota after slaughtering some 19,411 seals so far this year, the AFP reported. Phil Jenkins, a spokesman for Canada's fisheries and oceans department, described the first leg of the annual commercial cull, which ended Wednesday, as "calm and orderly." The annual seal kill boasted some 350 Canadian sealers in 20 vessels, as well as those on the...

2009-03-25 15:40:00

CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island, March 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) closed the first zone of the seal hunt today after the earliest group of sealers killed 17,200 harp seals thus far. DFO is set to re-open the hunt in another area of the Gulf this Friday. Observers with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) have just returned after witnessing the slaughter of harp seal pups during this year's commercial seal hunt....

2009-03-23 06:26:00

CHARLOTTETOWN, Canada, March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A team of observers with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) is ready to document the commercial seal hunt as it opens in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada. Canada's commercial seal hunt is the largest hunt for marine mammals in the world. Sealers are allowed to kill 280,000 harp seal pups this year, provided they have begun to molt their white coats, which occurs when the animals are about two weeks old....

2009-03-22 15:10:00

The Canadian government came under harsh criticism from environmental groups on Saturday for increasing its annual seal-hunting quota. The groups say Canada's move makes little sense given the expected European ban on all seal products. On Friday, the Canadian government authorized an increase in seal killing on the Atlantic seaboard to 280,000, one-third the total number of seals killed annually worldwide.  The new quota is 5,000 higher than last year's quota, and 10,000 above the quota...

2009-03-20 20:00:00

OTTAWA, March 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has released this year's total allowable catch (TAC) for harp seals despite a lack of demand worldwide for seal fur. Experts with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) are appalled that the Canadian government is persisting with the commercial seal hunt in spite of dwindling international markets. "This quota is outrageous," said Sheryl Fink, a senior researcher with IFAW....

2008-08-02 15:00:12

By Donita Naylor CHARLESTOWN -- Westerly Hospital nurse manager Nancy Clarke got the honor of opening the crate to release SYPg0809. The young male harp seal -- identified by his stranding code to remind that he is a wild animal, not an adorable, soulful, inquisitive, little lost baby -- was released from a carrier between two lines of onlookers at Blue Shutters Beach just after 8 yesterday morning. For Clarke, the release was bittersweet. She was part of a Westerly Hospital team that...

2007-05-18 00:05:00

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) - Fifteen seals were released back into the water Thursday after being rehabilitated at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. The seals were trucked in last month after a rehabilitation center in Maine where they had been kept was shut down by the National Marine Fisheries Service. The aquarium took in 21 seals, but only 15 - all yearlings - were well enough to be sent into the water. They were released from large carriers on Blue Shutters Town Beach. The seals had been...

Latest Harp Seal Reference Libraries

Harp Seal
2013-05-01 15:08:34

The harp seal (Pagophilus groenlandicus), also known as the saddleback seal, is a true seal in the Phocidae family. It is native to northern areas of the Atlantic Ocean and to some areas of the Arctic Ocean. Its scientific name means "ice-lover from Greenland,” and it was previously classified within Phoca genus, although studies have shown that it is unique enough to be in a distinct genus. It holds two recognized subspecies, P. groenlandicus groenlandicus and P. groenlandicus oceanicus....

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