From ANIMAL PEOPLE, April 2006:
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I.–The 2006 Atlantic Canada harp seal
slaughter started on March 26 with a quota of 325,000 landed pelts,
5,000 more than in 2005.
Up to 91,000 seals are to be pelted in the Gulf of St.
Larence, in the first phase of the hunt. The remainder will be
pelted later along the Labrador Front, where the hunt will start
about April 10. The Canadian Depart-ment of Fisheries & Oceans does
not announce the exact dates for each phase of the hunt until just a
few days beforehand.
Violence by sealers against protesters flared in earnest on March 27.
“I normally observe the hunt on foot,” wrote Rebecca
Aldworth, a Newfoundlander who directs Canadian campaigns for the
Humane Society of the U.S. “The ice floes are usually strong enough
to support several helicopters,” Aldworth said. “This year the ice
was fragile, so we were forced to base ourselves on a larger vessel
and deploy small, inflatable boats.”