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Sable Island’s cod killer? Sable Island’s cod killer? The new plan to slaughter seals blames seals for the cod fishery collapse, but a large seal population might just be the cod’s best hope. July 01, 2010

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  • Sealfall, licence to cull
  • Sealfall, licence to cull

    Inside the government's harebrained new scheme to fix the problems of cod over-fishing by killing seals
  • How to kill 220,000 seals on Sable Island: the DFO plan
  • How to kill 220,000 seals on Sable Island: the DFO plan

    One method involves clubbing, shooting, incinerators and modified logging vehicles, according to a detailed study of a potential cull.
      [image-1] A massive seal slaughter on Sable Island would involve bringing in mobile crematoriums and modified tree-harvesting equipment, and would cost upwards of $35 million, according to a study commissioned by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The 2009 study, obtained through an Access to Information request, examined the costs and logistics associated with "managing" the grey seal population on the fragile island, a whelping ground for the world's largest grey seal colony. For years, the fishing industry has been lobbying the DFO for a seal cull on the island, arguing that seals, not humans, are to blame for eating too many
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