Marine Mammal Regulations (SOR/93-56)

Regulations are current to 2014-09-01 and last amended on 2011-02-10. Previous Versions

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), no person shall, except under the authority of a seal fishery observation licence issued by the Minister, approach within one-half nautical mile of a person who is fishing for seals.

  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply

    • (a) to a person who is authorized to fish for seals under these Regulations;

    • (b) in respect of commercial flights that are operating on scheduled flight plans;

    • (c) in respect of commercial vessels that are in transit;

    • (d) to a person who is employed by, assisting, or present at the request of the Department; or

    • (e) to a person who resides on land within one-half nautical mile of a person who is fishing for seals.

  • SOR/2008-38, s. 2.

Landings

 Every person who fishes for seals for personal or commercial use shall land the pelt or the carcass of the seal.

  • SOR/2003-103, s. 8.

Close Times

  •  (1) No person shall fish for a species of seal set out in column I of Schedule IV in a Sealing Area or Subarea set out in column II with a class of fishing licence for seal set out in column III during the close time set out in column IV.

  • (2) For the purpose of subsection (1), a close time set out in column IV of Schedule IV is deemed to be fixed in respect of each class of fishing licence for seal set out in column III.

  • (3) For the purpose of subsection (1), a close time set out in column IV of Schedule IV is deemed to be fixed in respect of each Sealing Area or Subarea set out in column II.

  • SOR/2008-43, s. 3.
  •  (1) No person who may fish for seals under the authority of section 6 shall fish for seals of a species set out in column I of Schedule V in a Sealing Area or Subarea set out in column II during the close time set out in column III.

  • (2) For the purpose of subsection (1), a close time set out in column III of Schedule V is deemed to be fixed in respect of each Sealing Area or Subarea set out in column II.

  • SOR/2008-43, s. 3.

 No person shall fish for seals in any of Sealing Areas 5 to 33 earlier than one-half hour before sunrise or later than one-half hour after sunset on any day.

 No person shall fish for seals in the waters adjacent to the Gaspé coast in the Province of Quebec that are inside or shoreward of a straight line drawn from Pointe-au-Renard to a point at Latitude 49°00′N., Longitude 64°05′W., thence to a point at Latitude 48°25′N., Longitude 64°05′W., and thence to the lighthouse at Cap d’Espoir.

 No person shall, except where otherwise authorized as a condition of a licence,

  • (a) fish for seals during the period beginning on June 1 and ending on September 30 in the waters of Murray Harbour or its tributaries in the Province of Prince Edward Island that are inside a straight line drawn from the range light on Old Store Point at Latitude 46°01′17″N., Longitude 60°28′44″W., to the southernmost tip of Sable Point at Latitude 46°01′14″N., Longitude 62°29′07″W.;

  • (b) fish for seals during the period beginning on May 1 and ending on September 30 in the waters of the Saguenay River, the St. Lawrence River and their tributaries that are west of Longitude 67°23′W. in the Province of Quebec;

  • (c) fish for seals during the period beginning on June 1 and ending on September 30 in the waters adjacent to the coast of New Brunswick that are enclosed by the coastline and straight lines joining the following points, in the order in which they are listed:

    TABLE

    PointNorth LatitudeWest Longitude
    1.46°58′64°50′
    2.46°44′64°44′
    3.46°42′64°47′
  • (d) fish for seals during the period beginning on June 1 and ending on September 30 in the waters of the Magdalen Islands that are enclosed by straight lines joining the following points, in the order in which they are listed:

    PointNorth LatitudeWest Longitude
    1.47°27′12″61°49′18″
    2.47°28′03″61°47′42″
    3.47°27′36″61°47′06″
    4.47°26′36″61°48′42″
  • SOR/2009-66, s. 4.