Carino buy­ing as seal hunt set to be­gin

Seal­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent says in­dus­try outlook more pos­i­tive in 2016


The com­pany be­hind one of only two seal pro­cess­ing plants in the prov­ince has de­cided to buy pelts from seal­ers this year, fol­low­ing a hold on pur­chases in 2015.

While the in­dus­try is still deal­ing with re­duced mar­kets in­ter­na­tion­ally, 2016 is be­ing viewed in a more pos­i­tive light by har­vesters now that Carino Pro­cess­ing of Dildo has de­cided to seek 50,000 harp seals for meat, fat and hides.

“We will use these prod­ucts to con­tinue to ser­vice ex­ist­ing cus­tomers and new op­por­tu­ni­ties,” com­pany CEO Dion Dakins said in a state­ment pro­vided to TC Me­dia last week.

The hunt is ex­pected to open April 10 and, Dakins stated, har­vesters have been made aware Carino is look­ing for stock.

Cana­dian Seal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent El­dred Woodford did not go out to har­vest seals last year - the first time in 20 years - given a lack of de­mand. How­ever, he is con­sid­er­ing it this year, he said.

“It looks like it’s go­ing to be sub­stan­tially bet­ter than last year,” Woodford said, cit­ing Carino’s plans.

It is also his un­der­stand­ing that the newer Pho­caLux In­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tion in Fleur de Lys could take any­where from 8,000 to 10,000 seals, he added. Woodford couldn’t speak to pric­ing. “They’re still car­ry­ing an in­ven­tory of seal pelts, but in or­der to get meat or oil you’ve got to get new pelts in, too,” he said.

Be­yond pelts, he said he be­lieves there has been, in re­cent years, a greater de­mand do­mes­ti­cally for seal meat.

Dakins has promoted the #Hun­tForFood on so­cial me­dia.

Sh­eryl Fink with the In­ter­na­tional Fund for An­i­mal Wel­fare (IFAW) said more needs to be said about how much of the an­i­mals are ac­tu­ally be­ing used for meat, do­mes­ti­cally or oth­er­wise.

“They’ve been try­ing for a long time to mar­ket the meats in­ter­na­tion­ally. It hasn’t been suc­cess­ful,” Fink said.

“It’s an in­dus­try that’s in de­cline and I don’t think it’s go­ing to be a vi­able in­dus­try for the fu­ture.”

While the IFAW and oth­ers op­pose the hunt, the pro­vin­cial Depart­ment of Fish­eries said lead­ing into the cur­rent seal­ing sea­son, Min­is­ter Steve Crocker has met with lo­cal stake­hold­ers in the in­dus­try to as­sure them of the gov­ern­ment’s con­tin­ued sup­port.

There are three can­di­dates look­ing to fill the va­cant coun­cil seat in Spa­niard’s Bay.

Ty­rone Power, Paul Ryan and Tracy (Sin­gle­ton) Smith will have their names on the bal­lot for the by­elec­tion be­ing held Satur­day, April 9. Vot­ing will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Spa­niard’s Bay Mu­nic­i­pal Cen­tre, with a polling sta­tion set up at the rear of the build­ing.

Power is a pub­lic ser­vant who cur­rently works with the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Early Child­hood Devel­op­ment. He’s lived in Spa­niard’s Bay since 2000 and pre­vi­ously worked as a teacher and school prin­ci­pal. Power is the owner and op­er­a­tor of Bac­calieu Trail Safety ser­vices and a trained first aid in­struc­tor.

“I have al­ways had a keen in­ter­est in pol­i­tics and I had been con­sid­er­ing run­ning in our next mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion, how­ever hav­ing this op­por­tu­nity pre­sented to me at this time will en­able me, if elected, to fo­cus on po­ten­tially serv­ing our com­mu­ni­ties ear­lier than an­tic­i­pated,” he told The Com­pass in an emailed state­ment.

“If elected it would be an op­por­tu­nity I would wel­come and I would take on the role with a non-judg­men­tal, non-prej­u­di­cial, un­bi­ased and im­par­tial per­spec­tive, with my goal be­ing to work with coun­cil on mak­ing in­formed de­ci­sion that are in the best in­ter­est of our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Ryan is a veteran of the Cana­dian Forces. Hav­ing served in Bos­nia and the Per­sian Gulf re­gion, he re­tired from the Navy in 2006. Ryan moved back to Spa­niard’s Bay in 2011 and is cur­rently the vice-chair of the newly formed Spa­niard’s Bay-Til­ton Cit­i­zens Com­mit­tee.

“I don’t think ac­count­abil­ity is be­ing ac­com­plished out there, and I think (coun­cil) needs to be a lit­tle bit more trans­par­ent,” Ryan told The Com­pass.

“I mean, you go there at times and you can’t even get into the meet­ings. It’s only the past lit­tle while where we ac­tu­ally started kick­ing up a lit­tle fuss that they let you out there. As well with that, I will say this — it seems to me like there’s just a great di­vide out there. Some peo­ple are not for the peo­ple. If I go out there, ev­ery­thing I do I do for the kids.”

Smith is orig­i­nally from Til­ton and now lives in Spa­niard’s Bay with her fam­ily. She has an ed­u­ca­tional back­ground in science, hav­ing com­pleted her masters in chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing at the Univer­sity of New Brunswick. She now works at the oil re­fin­ery in Come By Chance.

“What I’m putting for­ward is a fresh face with new ideas and work­ing to­gether to en­sure a bet­ter today and a bright, stronger to­mor­row for our com­mu­nity,” said Smith.

“I grew up in Til­ton, and I al­ways took pride in par­tic­i­pat­ing in any ac­tiv­i­ties that were in­volved, and I want to do the same now for my own kids and for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to come. Get­ting the youth in­volved in the com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties, hav­ing the coun­cil and town mem­bers meet­ing to­gether to en­sure we lis­ten to the voices and con­cerns of our res­i­dents to make sure they’re ad­dressed.”

Sheri Collins re­signed from her coun­cil seat at a pub­lic meet­ing in Jan­uary. The ma­jor­ity of the town’s fire­fight­ers re­signed from the vol­un­teer fire depart­ment im­me­di­ately af­ter

Collins an­nounced her de­ci­sion to the rest of coun­cil. These events sparked sev­eral weeks of tur­moil in the Con­cep­tion Bay North com­mu­nity.

Last month, the Spa­niard’s Bay Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment re­turned to ac­tion. The neigh­bour­ing depart­ment in Bay Roberts re­sponded to calls in Spa­niard’s Bay for two months.

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