Sealing around the world
Sealing is important to the people of coastal communities throughout the world. People in Australia, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Greenland, Iceland, Namibia, Norway, Russia, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States all hunt seals.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the largest and most respected conservation organisation in the world, supports the sustainable use of seals and other wildlife, as long as this is from abundant populations.
North Atlantic Harp seal populations increased from 1.8 million in the 1980s to 5.4 to 5.8 million today – a three-fold increase.
Seal hunting is undertaken as a managed hunt or cull in many parts of the world. As such, regulations as to how seals can be hunted, who can hunt them, and how many are taken are applied. Each adult seal eats from one to 1.4 metric tonnes of fish, annually. Maintaining a healthy balance of the marine e