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First Nation seeks permit to hunt sea lions, seals; expects long wait – Times Colonist

by ahnationtalk on July 9, 202020 Views

July 9, 2020

A First Nations group lobbying for a commercial hunt on seals and sea lions doesn’t expect to get its permit approved for at least the next two years.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada returned a permit application to Pacific Balance Marine Management with a request for more information to continue the application process, said the group’s president, Tom Sewid.

Sewid said given the amount of work to address the request, they don’t expect to receive a permit in 2020 or 2021.

The group has been pushing for a commercial hunt on pinnipeds — marine mammals with front and rear flippers — in B.C. for the last two years, arguing the protection of seals and sea lions has led to an overpopulation of the animals, and their appetite for salmon is hurting fish stocks.

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