(CBC.ca) February 21   2012      With the harp seal hunt about a month away, officials with Fisheries and Oceans Canada say ice conditions for the hunt in the Gulf of St. Lawrence are looking better than last year.

Seals need ice to give birth on. Fisheries and Oceans biologist Mike Hammill told CBC News Tuesday ice conditions were looking poor just a few weeks ago.

“I was down in the P.E.I. area about two weeks ago and the ice looked like it was very poor,” said Hammill. Since then, it looks like there has been some development of ice along the north side and around the Magdalen Islands. So it looks now like the ice may be OK. We would expect pupping to start probably early next week.” (CBC.ca)

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