An article by Global News this week reports on a new group made up of B.C. First Nations along with commercial and sport fishers who want to see a commercial seal hunt on the province’s West Coast similar to the one on Canada’s east coast.

The Pacific Balance Pinniped Society (PBPS) argues that the seal population has exploded in recent years on their coast, and are putting other species such as salmon and orcas at risk. The seals in question are of the pinnipeds population — the marine mammal family that seals and sea lions belong to.

The group argues that a controlled harvest would have environmental benefits, while creating economic job opportunities for Indigenous people.

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