Mandatory Humane Harvesting Training for the Commercial Seal Fishery

Humane Harvesting training sessions will be held in 2016. Details regarding specific training dates and locations will be announced in the near future.

 Fisheries and Oceans reminds all Commercial Seal licence holders that Humane Harvesting Training on the three-step process is mandatory for all Commercial Seal licence holders – both Professional and Temporary Assistant licence categories. 

 These workshops are being delivered specifically for those Commercial Sealers who have not already successfully completed this training and received the appropriate course completion certificates. 

Sealers who did not renew their 2015 licence will be granted an opportunity to renew their 2016 licence after they have successfully completed this mandatory training.

 If you have successfully participated in a Humane Harvesting Training Session recognized by the Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board (PFHCB), and can provide the Department with written proof of this training, then you meet the mandatory training requirement for licence renewal.

 It is important to note that if Commercial Sealers do not complete the mandatory Humane Harvesting training and renew their 2016 Commercial Sealing licence by 30 November 2016, their Commercial Seal licence will not be eligible for renewal in 2017.

 Any questions on this training can be directed to Fisheries and Oceans Canada at the following email address:



 Patricia Williams

Senior Resource Manager

Inshore groundfish, Seals, Marine Mammals and Emerging Fisheries

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador Region

NAFC – 80 East White Hills Road, Room M17-202

Phone: 709 772 0695