Harp and hooded seals are being seriously affected by poor ice conditions in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and waters surrounding Newfoundland and parts of Labrador according to DFO marine mammal researcher Dr. Garry Stenson. Stenson says there was virtually no pupping in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence this year.
Annually up to 200,000 harp seal pups are born on the ice in the Gulf, but this year, pupping in the region was nearly non-existent.
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(April 12, 2021)