Sealers Trapped in Ice

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Crushing Ice Strands Home-bound Sealers

(Scroll down to see how the area was "only 
slush and ice fragments" just one month ago)

The crew of the longline Dodd & Sons was forced to evacuate and take refuge in a coast guard vessel. (Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans)

19 Apr 07 - The ice that prevented some Newfoundland and Labrador fishermen from reaping benefits in this year's seal hunt has continued to wreak havoc, five days after the hunt took place. Heaving ice continued Wednesday to put dozens of longliners at risk of being damaged or even crushed as they tried to free themselves from icy grips along Newfoundland's northeast coast.

More than 100 vessels have been stranded by heavy ice, said Capt. Brian Penney, superintendent of ice operations with the Canadian Coast Guard.

Penney, who described ice conditions as "more severe" than seen in many years, said they have been so heavy that the coast guard vessel Sir Wilfred Grenfell was itself stuck early Wednesday after rescuing a longliner near Fogo Island.
Thanks to Matthew Ladd for this link


"Ice conditions are some of the most severe we've seen in 25 to 30 years," said Frank Pinhorn, executive director of the Canadian Sealers Association. "I've talked to a lot of sealers and they've got holes punched in their new boats and they're taking on water."
Thanks to Chris Tilley for this additional link


It's amazing how eventually the truth gets out.

21 Apr 07 - Here’s an e-mail that I received from Kate Salvati. She discovered an article from just one month ago about the Canadian seal hunt and how the lack of ice is supposedly destroying their habitat.

Entitled "Global warming puts Canada's hunted seals on thin ice," the article explains that ice conditions are not conducive to breeding as the ice is "only slush and ice fragments."

"Now one month closer to summer, with daylight well over 12 hours long, warmer temperatures and such, ice conditions are so bad that boats are being literally crushed by the thickness and concentration of the ice.

"How is it that one month ago only slush remained but now ice is so thick, it has encased coast guard ice breakers and hundreds of other vessels?

"Is this one of the so-called cases where "global warming causes other areas to cool"
Thanks Kate 



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