Last week Vladimir Putin banned the killing of baby harp seals under a year old in Russian waters, calling it "bloody industry" that "should have been banned a long time ago."
The Russian ban effectively ends commercial seal hunting in that country, as most of the market for pelts comes from seals less than a year old. The quota had previously been set at 35,000.
In Canada we've upped our quota by 55,000 to 338,200 seals from last year.
According to Fisheries and Oceans Canada :
Seals are not usually hunted until they reach the "beater" stage of development at around 25 days old.Greenland and Norway combine for an annual catch of less than 50,000.
Approximately 1% of the total population of Newfoundland and Labrador derive income from sealing.
The European Union is expected to ban imports of seal products this spring.