Year(s) Regulation and/or Quota
1895 Protections for seals of breeding age and vessels restricted to one trip to the hunting grounds.
1961 Hunt closing date of May 5th was introduced.
1964 - 1965 Protection of adult seals in breeding patches, a catch limit of 50 000 seals in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to stop Norwegian sealing in this area. A ban is placed on hooded seal-hunting in the Gulf of St. Lawrence due to the low numbers in the area. In-port inspections introduced. Fisheries officers accompany vessels greater than 65 feet. Mandatory for all hunters to be licensed.
1966 Females protected on whelping/birthing patches.
1968 Opening dates are regulated and the closing date set to April 25th, greatly decreasing the length of the season. Ban on the use of aircraft.
1971 First quota set to 245,000. Vessels greater than 35 feet must be licensed.
1972 Quota set to 150,000. Ship based sealing banned in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Regulations on size and weight requirements for clubs and hakapiks ensures that the animal is killed in a swift, humane fashion.
1972 - 1975 Quota remains at 150,000. First quotas for hooded seals.
1976 Quota set to 127,000.
1977 Quota set to 160,000. Observers of the hunt must acquire a permit to do so.
1978 - 1981 Quota set to 180,000.
1986 The Malouf Commission Report is released which establishes future policy on the management of the hunt.
1987 Large vessels are banned and harvesting of seal pups, whitecoats, and bluebacks is also banned.
1993 The Marine Mammal Regulations are adopted.
1995 Quota set to 250,000.
1997 - 2002 Quota set to 275,000.
2003 - 2004 Quota set to 350,000. Blinking eye reflex test becomes mandatory.
2005 Quota set to 275,000.
2006 Quota set to 325,000.
2007 Quota set to 270,000. New regulatons stemming from reccomendations of the 2005 Independent Veterinarians Working Group(IVWG) report (PDF).
2008 Quota set to 275,000. New regulatons stemming from reccomendations of the 2005 Independent Veterinarians Working Group(IVWG) report (PDF).
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