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Thick ice ‘catastrophic’ for Magdalen Islands grey seal hunters

February 11, 2018

By Paul Homewood



More from the “Arctic Ice Is All Melting Dept”:


Sealers on the Magdalen Islands usually haul in 2,000 grey seals in the short winter hunting season. This year, they did not bring back a single seal, after two failed expeditions out on the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Crews that set out in January to hunt for prized grey seals off the coast of Nova Scotia could not get past the thick ice.

Réjean Vigneau, president of the Intra-Quebec Sealers Association, said the team of around a dozen hunters won’t make another attempt before the end of the season, which he calls "catastrophic."

"It’s also catastrophic for the Magdalen Islands’ marine ecosystem," he said. "All the seals are confined in the waters of the estuaries."


Full story from CBC News here:

  1. Joe Public permalink
    February 11, 2018 1:04 pm

    Or as GreenPiss would report it:

    “Climate change endangers indigenous populations’ jobs”

    Of course they’d omit the sting in the tail:

    The grey seal population in the Gulf of St. Lawrence has grown from around 5,000 in the 1960s to 98,000 in 2014, according to Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

  2. February 11, 2018 2:06 pm

    Everything today has to be a “crisis.” There is definitely an extreme overpopulation of journalists.

    Can you just imagine had these nitwits been around during the last glacial episode? There they are standing in front of the mile thick ice sheet over Manhattan bleating into the camera about no parking places due to the Laurentide Ice Sheet and blaming us for causing the glaciers.

  3. February 11, 2018 4:04 pm

    Sea ice – catastrophic. Loss of sea ice – catastrophic. It’s a headache.

    • dave permalink
      February 11, 2018 5:16 pm

      Sea ice stays the same – it is up and down at the same time – doubly catastrophic!

  4. February 11, 2018 4:38 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  5. dave permalink
    February 11, 2018 5:17 pm

    The joke of CAGW is wearing exceedingly thin.

    • dave permalink
      February 11, 2018 5:32 pm

      After furrowing the brow, I see that it is all because of the wrong sort of ice! Well, I blame global warming.

      I read that the coffee crop in Vietnam (who knew they had become a huge producer?) is a bumper one, because of “perfect weather.” This is bad, because it has lowered the price I pay for my morning cuppa. I blame global warming.

      • February 12, 2018 2:00 pm

        Your coffee illustrates the tenets of Capitalism: supply and demand.

      • dave permalink
        February 13, 2018 2:23 pm

        I was being facetious when I wrote “This is bad…I blame global warming.”

  6. Gerry, England permalink
    February 12, 2018 2:00 pm

    Inconvenient ice – doesn’t it know it isn’t supposed to be there? Guess this report won’t make the BBC.

    • mikewaite permalink
      February 12, 2018 10:44 pm

      Funnily enough it actually did, one morning a few years ago on the Today programme with the BBC presenter trying to shame the representative for one of the oil companies for drilling in the Arctic. The oilman said it had to be abandoned anyway because the sea-ice was far thicker than any of their models and forecasts had predicted. That item disappeared quickly.

    • Fredar permalink
      February 14, 2018 12:16 pm

      Ice is a climate denier.

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