Management and utilization of seals in Greenland. Revised April 2012.
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Government of Greenland, Department of Fisheries, Hunting & Agriculture
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1. Species: There are six different species of seals in the Greenlandic waters. Five of the species have been hunted for centuries, but today the catch is focused on the harp seal, ringed seal and hooded seal with great importance to the Inuit hunters. The seal populations hunted in Greenland's waters counts more than 12 million seals. 2. Sustainability and biological advice: There are no quotas on seals in Greenland, as the harvest level is relatively low compared with the number of seals. The populations of harp and hooded seals have, however, also been subjected to commercial sealing by Canadian, Norwegian and Russian sealers, and their numbers and reproduction have, therefore, been monitored carefully for many decades. These species are now managed after an internationally-recognized, conservative cautionary approach within marine mammal management called Potential Biological Removal (PBR). According to the Red List of Greenland (2007) none of the three species are endangered. .....
PublisherGovernment of Greenland, Department of Fisheries, Hunting & Agriculture
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)N/A
Spatial CoverageGreenland waters
CitationGovernment of Greenland, Ministry of Fisheries, Hunting & Agriculture (2012) Management and utilization of seals in Greenland. Revised April 2012. Government of Greenland, Ministry of Fisheries, Hunting & Agriculture, 43pp. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-1689
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