14 Apr '11, 3am

Low Turnout For Canada's Annual Seal Hunt? Good!: Photo: jomilo75 / cc If the calls of count... th.bp #green #USRC

Low Turnout For Canada's Annual Seal Hunt? Good!: Photo: jomilo75 / cc If the calls of count... th.bp #green #USRC

Dwight Spence of Port au Choix on Newfoundland's Northern Peninsula told the CBC that he and the other sealers he knows say prices are too low for them to make a profit this year after paying for fuel and supplies. The sealers earn about $21 for each top-quality pelt, way down from the price level a decade ago. "The prices that's there now, it's just not feasible," said Spence. Sea ice conditions determine when sealers begin hunting in areas that include the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence and the much larger hunt on the Front off northern Newfoundland. The seal hunt in the Gulf of St. Lawrence opened a week earlier, but this year a lack of ice kept sealers at home, said Department of Fisheries and Oceans officials.

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