(Quebec) Since scientists estimate that seven million seals in the St. Lawrence Gulf have exceeded the threshold of overpopulation and overcrowding had a negative impact of $ 2 million on the local economy, the hunt sealskin could resume, but on other grounds.
In Quebec City, Thursday, forty representatives hunters, processors, distributors, research scientists and government were trying to agree on an action plan for the next three years. “It’s not just meat and sealskin hides, but many other products that can be used in medicine, dermatology and in the development of probiotics,” said Abdoul Aziz Niang, Assistant Deputy Minister fisheries and commercial aquaculture of the Ministry of Agriculture, fisheries and Food (MAPAQ).
Collagen, Omega-3, fat and other products would revive a rather puny industry. “The market outlook is very encouraging. Outlets would bring jobs to the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, “he says.
According to him, there must be agreement on best practices of hunting and resource management. There will be a pilot project in an action plan that will make consensus. “We must reduce the herd in creating wealth by promoting hunting by other seal meat uses,” he agrees.