Fisheries minister pledges to study impact of seals on Atlantic Canada's fisheries

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CORNER BROOK, N.L. — The federal minister of Fisheries and Oceans says more research is needed on the seal population's impact on East Coast fish stocks.

Joyce Murray told a news conference today in Corner Brook, N.L., that her government will host a summit on seals this fall in St. John's.

Her comments are in reaction to a newly released task force report commissioned by the Fisheries Department.

The report was produced by members of Atlantic Canada's fisheries industry, and it says large populations of grey and harp seals are having a serious impact on the ocean ecosystem.

But the report says the data needed to properly measure the impact is lacking.

Murray says her department is committed to maintaining existing markets for Canadian seal products and supporting the development of potential new markets.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 12, 2022.

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