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Applications to upgrade from Assistant Sealer to Professional Sealer status now available. To learn more click here

For information and to also get put on a contact list for further sessions and courses contact: 
Jackie Kean,
Senior Regional Resource Management Officer,
Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
Tel. (709) 772-2045
Or call 709 772-0695

To learn more about what exactly are the differences between a Personal Use seal license and a Commercial Use seal license click here:

From the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture here is a brochure on what is covered in a training session on harvesting, handling, storage and transportation requirements. Download and print this out here from PDF format.
Or click the images below to view online.

In  2008, the Fisheries Technology and New Opportunities Program (FTNOP) provided assistance to the Fur Institute of Canada (FIC) to develop and deliver sealing information workshops.


The FIC, a non-profit organization, was established in 1983. In 2005, the FIC, along with representatives from provincial and territorial governments as well as Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec sealers, formed a multi-stakeholder, Government of Canada Seals Committee, chaired by the federal Fisheries Conservation Ambassador. Seals Committee meetings held in St. John’s in December 2007 and January 2008 resulted in four key outcomes:

1) Processors agreed to purchase seal pelts based on a grading system, with enforcement provided by independent inspectors.
2) Committee agreed to endorse a three-step killing process derived from 2005 recommendations by the International Veterinarian Working Group.
3) Committee agreed to develop and promote sealing Codes of Practice.
4) Committee expressed an interest in developing sealing information workshops.

The PDF document from Fisheries and Aquaculture can be read here:

Information Workshop

Information Workshop

Information Workshop

Information Workshop