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Old 03-11-2013, 12:07 PM
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I read a lot of sensational NOAA news about the cuts to GOM and Grand Banks commercial fishing quotas but very little to the matter of the explosion in the regional gray seal population. After a brief amount of internet research showed that all commercial fishing amounted to about 100 thousand tons of fish landed annually vs the region's gray seals scarfing down up about 800 thousand tons of fish/lobsters/shellfish/etc!!!

11lbs/day/seal

There are 10 thousand gray seals in AREA 2 and yet nothing is being done to control the population of seals. The 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act needs to be amended to allow for over-population control of this treat to the country's seafood supply. NOAA should lobby for and support changes to the MMPA, then put a plan in place to limit the species.
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Ok, so what do you think the response would be to a seal hunt?

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So, how would you go about"controling" them?
I hear they taste like chicken.

seriously though, I was in newfoundland 20 or so years ago, and a shop I was in had canned seal meat for sale. I bought a buddy of mine a can as a joke . He ATE it!
He swears it was delicious. he used to goof every time we'd see one on the water licking his lips and going "mmmmmm".
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Ok, so what do you think the response would be to a seal hunt?


Ha! I was writing my response when you posted , but I had the exact same thought.
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I've seen them gobbling down short striped bass a couple times.
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Come on, show us your backbone, sign the petition,

http://www.change.org/petitions/publ...tion-explosion#
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I'm not against controling the population at all , but if you expect to get any support here you'll need to answer the question of how? A hunt? I can't see it happening.
puplic ephanization? I don't know? you tell us.
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http://www.talkingfish.org/newenglan...ment-challenge
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Be careful what you wish for, they'll cut back on shark fishing to make sure there are enough predators to keep the seals in check.
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BRING BACK THE HUNT ! ! !

The MMPA has worked and run its course. Well done, success story... but they're past a viable number and are now starting to harm other species and the threaten humans. The population is literally running wild and needs to be checked. There have been talks about high frequency sound emitting devices to bring down the numbers. Historically though, the solution was a bounty on their heads. Not a killing rampage, just brought down to reasonable numbers by a select few licensed, contracted or official hunters. (where do I sign up?)

This is very specific to Monomoy and Nantucket and most people don't understand the hassle these "cute" little things have become. We're not talking about those white ones pictured above, but the 500-800 pound aggressive, dangerous refrigerator sized monsters.
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Change disease bearing ticks to s**t eating diseased fish and front-end collisions with shark attacks and its pretty much the same thing!

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/19/op...t-go.html?_r=0
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Originally Posted by north coast View Post
I'm not against controling the population at all , but if you expect to get any support here you'll need to answer the question of how? A hunt? I can't see it happening.
puplic ephanization? I don't know? you tell us.
Yes, I will do gods work and I won't be alone..
The crabs are gunna eat good!
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Seal Tourney, hand weapons only. Most LB's Win.
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Originally Posted by CMEBoston View Post
Yes, I will do gods work and I won't be alone..
The crabs are gunna eat good!
Lefthanded?
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Bring in 100,000 Great Whites from Austrailia ,that will fix it
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I knew this was going down into the sewer...

We should hang this on NOAA, nobody wants to see the clubbing of baby seals, but they have the science to illuminate the problem, and the wherewithall to lobby the public with an acceptable solution.

Do you think these big brown eyes would get weepy over clubbing baby seals?
http://www.google.com/search?q=hungr...w=1440&bih=795
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Lefthanded?
I actually am, but the rifle is not....if your looking for the bolt handle it's a semi auto
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Originally Posted by north coast View Post
Ha! I was writing my response when you posted , but I had the exact same thought.
X 2. I am not holding my breath.
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Originally Posted by gerg View Post
Ok, so what do you think the response would be to a seal hunt?

before the hunt,, reinstate the bounty that use to be on them.
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11lbs/day x 365 = 2 tons of seafood each year.

30-35 year lifespan with no natural predators!!!

Btw, sharks around here ain't natural - catch and release your sharks!!!

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