Mandatory Sealer Training
In recent years, seal industry representatives from the Atlantic provinces and Quebec have expressed the importance that they give to sealer training. At the meeting of the Atlantic Seal Advisory Committee in Halifax in February 2013, the Department confirmed that, starting in 2014, training on the three-step killing process would be mandatory to obtain or renew commercial sealing licences. Training takes approximately three hours.
In 2009 and 2011, the Comité sectoriel de main-d’œuvre des pêches maritimes and the Fur Institute of Canada organized training sessions on the three-step killing process. Licence holders who participated in any of these sessions already meet this new requirement.
The Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters, in collaboration with the Comité sectoriel de main-d’œuvre des pêches maritimes and regional associations of fish harvesters and sealers, is presently working to ensure that all sealers have access to this mandatory training before they renew their 2014 licences. Fisheries and Oceans Canada cooperates fully with these organizations to provide them with the required information and support.
Magdalen Islands Area