The Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board, in partnership with DFO, will be delivering Humane Harvesting workshops throughout the province this coming April – see schedule below.
The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture (DFA) has a memorandum of understanding with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to ensure a quality assurance and training program acceptable to CFIA for export certification of seal meat and oil products. Additionally, seal processors in Newfoundland and Labrador have confirmed that they will only purchase seal products from commercial sealers who have completed training in both Humane Harvesting and Quality/Health/Handling.
Any questions on this training can be directed to Fisheries and Oceans Canada at the following email address: SealHumaneHarvestingNL@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Commercial sealers who have not yet attended a Quality, Health and Handling workshop delivered by DFA are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming workshops.
9:00 am – Humane Harvesting
11:00 am – Quality/Health/Handling
Gander – Tuesday, April 4 – Albatross Hotel
Whitbourne – Wednesday, April 5 – Lions Club
Deer Lake – Thursday, April 6 – Deer Lake Motel
Plum Point – Friday, April 7 – Plum Point Motel