Fisheries and Aquaculture
October 14, 2010
Minister Outlines Latest Effort in Support of Sealing
The Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture,
recently held several successful meetings in Budapest, Hungary, and
Brussels, Belgium, as part of the Government of Newfoundland and
Labrador's ongoing strategy to address the temporarily suspended
European Union (EU) ban on seal products. While in these cities,
Minister Jackman met with senior government officials and
"It is very important to our provincial sealing industry that the
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador make our views known to the
international community and gather information on the status of the
temporarily suspended EU ban," said Minister Jackman. "We are
approaching this issue from a variety of perspectives and building
alliances with important international stakeholders in the global
sealing industry. The trade ban is completely unfair and not based on
scientific evidence or sound conservation practices. A ban such as this
is clearly in violation of international trade agreements."
On August 19, the European Court of Justice announced that it was
temporarily suspending the implementation of the ban on seal products,
pending the outcome of a legal challenge. The legal challenge was
brought forward by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) and Fur Institute
of Canada (FIC), with support from the Government of Newfoundland and
Labrador. The Provincial Government has committed $50,000 to support
this legal challenge. ITK is representing Canadian Inuit in the legal
challenge while the FIC is representing the Canadian sealing industry.
In Budapest, Minister Jackman met with Tamas Marghescu,
Director-General of the International Council for Game and Wildlife
Conservation and representatives from the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and Department of Forestry, Fishing and Hunting.
In Brussels, meetings were held with the Vice Chair of the Fisheries
Committee of the European Parliament, Struan Stevenson, the Canadian
Mission in Brussels, as well as legal counsel at Stibbe, one of the
firms representing the ITK and FIC in their legal challenge. Also while
in Brussels, Minister Jackman met with senior representatives of the
European-based group, the Federation of Associations for Hunting and
Conservation. This influential organization represents over seven
million EU hunters.
Officials from the Provincial Government represented the department
at the 19th International Trade Fair for Fur and Fur Processing in
Moscow, Russia, from September 28 to 30. The Canadian Seal Marketing
Group also participated in the show. The Government of Newfoundland and
Labrador committed $100,000 to this group for international promotion of
Previously, the Government of Canada announced that it was asking the
World Trade Organization (WTO) to establish a panel to examine the
lawfulness of a ban on Canadian seal products under WTO agreements. The
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador had been pressing the Federal
Government to take trade action against the EU since April 2007 and is
pleased that the Government of Canada decided to pursue trade action
after the vote to ratify the EU ban on Canadian seal products in July
The Provincial Government is in its fifth year of carrying out a
communications strategy on the province's sealing industry.
Approximately $500,000 has been allocated for this strategy to date.
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Lori Lee Oates
Director of Communications
Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
2010 10 14 10:05 a.m.