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Seal Hunt Quotas (Total Allowable Catch, TAC) and Official Numbers of Seals Killed Over the Years

Below are the harp seal hunt quotas (officially called "Total Allowable Catch," or TAC) and reported kills since 1952. (Quotas were instituted in 1971.) The actual kills do not include seals that were 'struck and lost' (i.e., injured by sealers but escaped, possibly dying later of their injuries, or just sunk and not retrieved). The Canadian government guesstimates that the number of struck and lost seals is about 5% of the seals landed.

This table is taken from the IFAW report Seals and Sealing 2009

Harp seal quota and kill yearly - from IFAW

Year Quota (TAC) for harp seals Official number of harp seals killed
2008 275,000 217,857
2009 280,000 74,581
2010 330,000 67,327
2011 400,000 37,609
2012 400,000 69,175
2013 400,000 90,318 (incl. Gulf estimate)
2014 400,000 54,806
2015 400,000 35,304
2016 400,000 66,800

* Quota management was implemented in 1971.

** 2003-2005 TAC was for 975,000 seals, with a maximum of 350,000 in 2 of the 3 years.

Other seals:

Hooded seals:

Year Quota (TAC) for hooded seals Official number of hooded seals killed
2007 8,200 < 400
2008 8,200 < 400
2009 8,200 10
2010 8,200  
2011 8,200 0
2012 8,200 1
2013 8,200  
2014 8,200  
2015 8,200  
2016 8,200  

Grey seals:

Year Quota (TAC) for grey seals Official number of grey seals killed
2007 12,000 887
2008 12,000 1,472
2009 50,000 254
2010 50,000 7
2011 60,000 195
2012 60,000 8
2013 60,000 111
2014 60,000 82
2015 60,000 1,145
2016 60,000  
     
     

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