Spokesman Robert Courtney says the hunt has been suspended because there is no market for the pelts.
The annual hunt for grey seals usually takes in a few hundred seals every spring.
Hay Island is a small spit of land that is part of the Scatarie Island wilderness protected area, near Main-a-Dieu.
The sealers did not go to Hay Island last year, either.
Governments around the world have been closing their borders to seal products, including the Russian Federation — once one of the world's largest markets for Canadian seal products.
(Cape Breton Post)
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