The quota for the harp seal hunt off Canada’s east coast this spring has been set at 400,000 animals by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

The total allowable catch for hooded seals will be 8,200, some of it rolled over from last year.

“We said we’d stay with what the scientists recommended,” said Frank Pinhorn, executive director of the Canadian Sealers Association. “They were recommending between 300,000 and 500,000 so we took the middle of the road.” Full story here