In March 2014, the Fur Institute of Canada produced a report outlining a five-year plan which pin points possible markets for a number of products from the ballooning grey seal population in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence. The plan is to harvest about 140,000 grey seals over five years. One of the seal products derived from the harvest is the seal penis. This product is in great demand in certain parts of Asia and requests for it have been made by Asian brokers and fishery agents to the CSA office in the past. That outcome of the report and plan would be to target large ethnic minority neighbourhoods in Canada’s large urban areas, as well as foreign buyers in Korea, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam and China.
The federal Department of Fisheries is considering the report and has yet to make any official recommendations or response to it.
Here are some links for further reporting into the FIC’s report:
Telegram: Click here
CBC.ca: Click here