On March 15, 2006, Minister Hearn announced a new multi-year Atlantic Seal Hunt Management Plan (2006-2010). The full report can be found here

Seal management is founded on sound conservation principles to ensure hunt opportunities at the present time and in the future. For the duration of this plan, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) will continue to use an Objective-Based Fisheries Management (OBFM) approach, as was adopted in the 2003-2005 Atlantic Seal Hunt Management Plan. See Section 1.2 for a full description of OBFM.

Consultations with more than 100 stakeholders at the 2005 Seal Forum in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) greatly assisted in the development of this plan.