I am a scientist who has studied marine mammals off eastern Canada for the past 35 years. The concept of a seal cull to improve Maritime groundfish stocks is not scientifically defensible. It is simply not known whether seals have a positive or negative effect on groundfish populations. A large cull of grey seals in the Maritimes will not help our understanding. Removing native species is scientifically indefensible, and, from my perspective, morally wrong.
Professor, Marine Biology, Dalhousie University
Dr. Hal Whitehead is a professor of marine biology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, who has studied marine mammals off of the coast of Nova Scotia for the past 35 years.
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