Government of Canada announces members of Atlantic Seal Science Task Team

News release

March 5, 2020

Ottawa, Ontario - Canadians rely on Fisheries and Oceans Canada to make decisions that support healthy ecosystems and sustainable fisheries management. As we continually seek to increase our understanding of aquatic ecosystems, it is important that we consider a broad range of perspectives.

Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan announced the names of the members of the Atlantic Seal Science Task Team and confirmed they will soon begin their work.

The Atlantic Seal Science Task Team was established to gather fishing industry and stakeholder input on the Department’s current science activities on Atlantic seals, relating to seal predation on commercial fish stocks.

The Task Team will serve for a maximum of one year and will provide:

  • input on the priorities of the Department’s Atlantic seal science program
  • input on how to increase the involvement of the fishing industry in seal science projects
  • advice on how the Department could better communicate its scientific findings to the fishing industry and other stakeholders

The Task Team will consider comments related to their mandate through submissions to


“Our Government strongly believes in evidence-based decision making and today’s announcement reinforces that. The Atlantic Seal Science Task Team is a direct response to the concerns raised by commercial fish harvesters in Eastern Canada about the impact seal predation is having on fish stocks. I will continue to work closely with fishers, researchers, environmental organizations, and other partners to ensure our decisions are based on the best available science and all aspects of this issue are considered.”

The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

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Jane Deeks
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Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

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