Christopher
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
03-Jan-2011
Mike,
I would certainly like to contact you to discuss an opportunity to work together in the presentation of the story of seal fishery based on what is best for all involved.

I was active in the South Pacific working with communities that killed dolphins in the thousands. I was called the darth vader of dolphins by Activists based on my work with the fishermen to find live alternatives to the hunt, which was the aquarium industry.

I recently left both sides of the industry based on a lack of true conservation effect on the oceans by all involved. Most importantly the bureaucrats of the international organizations that would steer away from the discussions based on its sensitivity.

I am now working with many people that recognize roads in the middle will help true conservation work to preserve the oceans.

Please contact me through email to talk more of my ideas that I think will benefit all those involved.
Hi Christopher,

I apologise for the delay but due to travel, work and holidays I haven't been able to put as much time into the site as I would like. I'm intrigued by your comment and am always open to discussing the issue. That being said, I have no idea regarding the details of dolphins and the hunting thereof in the South Pacific but one of the main points of the harp seal issue is the population. The herd in question is now estimated at 8 to 9 million animals and without an industry based hunt there will inevitably be a Government based cull. In my mind, one of the main reasons for the hunt is the preservation of the oceans of which the harp seal is not applicable due to its current population level. What is in need of preservation are fish and shellfish species which harp seals prey upon. At this point and to the best of my knowledge the human factor has greatly reduced its impact on said fish and shellfish species by reducing quotas and introducing moratoriums and as any sane person realizes people can't be expected to leave their livelihood on mass so an overpopulated animal species can have total access to those resources. What can be expected is a progression from the old world approach of decimating the competing species to sharing the resource where by the competing species is controlled to keep their impact on said resources to a reasonable level. As it stands, if we were to use the lower end of the population estimate of 8 million animals, a harp seal consumes roughly 1 metric tonne of biomass a year, 4% of which has been reported by scientists to be cod. The harp seal herd consumes 8 million metric tonnes of biomass annually while Canada, all coasts and all fisheries, land 1.1 million metric tonnes of biomass. Harp seal cod consumption would fall in the area of 320,000 metric tonnes annually while human quotas are set at 2,500 metric tonnes of cod annually.

In the eyes of some of those in the general public it would seem that even though humans have just as much right to inhabit this planet as any other animal species and therefore have just as much right to food sources we should discontinue the, in comparison, meagre direct impact we are having on ocean species to give way to another predator species which already has a huge impact on said species. In my opinion this is the perspective of those uneducated in the issue with impossible Walt Disney ideals and no common sense. As I have shown, currently we have one predator species, harp seals, which are taking roughly 8 times as much of the available food source as humans while being 25% of the population.

Anyways, just wanted to give you some perspective on this issue and look forward to hearing from you.

Cheers,
Mike
 
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