Towards a precautionary approach to managing Canada's commercial harp seal hunt


Journal Article

The Canadian government's approach to the management of its commercial harp seal hunt is compared with other precautionary approaches developed for setting anthropogenic removal limits for marine mammal populations. For Canada's harp seal hunt, the current management strategy has not been fully specified or tested, and its robustness to changes in biological parameters, uncertainty in input data and environmental variability, remains unknown. As such, the management approach cannot be considered precautionary and there is a substantial, but not quantified, probability that it will not meet its objectives. There is an urgent need for a fully specified and rigorously tested management procedure, and steps towards this are suggested that should reduce the risks associated with the current approach.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Leaper, R; Lavigne, DM; Corkeron, P; Johnston, DW

Published Date

  • March 1, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 67 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 316 - 320

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-9289

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1054-3139

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/icesjms/fsp232

Citation Source

  • Scopus