Senator Fabian Manning, Chair for the Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, says the growing seal population, which is reported to top eight million, is having a direct and devastating effect on the local cod and shellfish fisheries.

He says the province is dependent on the fishing industry, and that the increases in seals numbers is affecting the livelihoods of those who make a living from the sea. (VOCM News)

CBC The Broadcast has an exchange between the Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans officials and Rowena House of the NL Crafts Council on how one USA e-commerce craft site, Esty, bans sealskin products from it’s platforms.