“It is a big de­ci­sion, so we just need to keep talk­ing.”

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE -

Max­ine Westhead, DFO’s oceans and coastal man­age­ment divi­sion,

LOUIS­BOURG — A Depart­ment of Fisheries and Oceans of­fi­cial says the ves­sel Cape Mariner IV was scratched but suf­fered no other dam­age when it struck an un­charted rock Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

DFO spokesman Stephen Bor­nais said the ves­sel was on route from Louis­bourg to Hay Is­land, where the sea­son for a grey seal hunt opened Mon­day, with sev­eral con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cers aboard at 9 a.m. when the in­ci­dent hap­pened.

Fol­low­ing DFO pro­ce­dures, the ves­sel re­turned to Louis­bourg to be in­spected by a diver who found a two-foot scratch on the bot­tom of the keel but no greater dam­age.

“ The ves­sel is fully op­er­a­tional,” he said.

DFO has au­tho­rized a Feb. 8 to March 15 sea­son for the grey seal har­vest on the is­land al­though if and when a hunt oc­curs will de­pend on the seal­ers and weather. Seal­ers weren’t at Hay Is­land, Wed­nes­day, but anti-seal hunt ac­tivists, who are also stand­ing by to doc­u­ment it, did make a trip to the is­land to ob­serve the an­i­mals.

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