Provincial Government Supports National Seal Products Day
May 16, 2023
National Seal Products Day is celebrated annually during the month of May to promote the seal products industry and highlight the importance of the seal fishery for Newfoundland and Labrador, particularly for coastal communities and Indigenous people.
Scott Reid, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Derrick Bragg, Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture, will be representing the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador at a reception today (Tuesday, May 16) on Parliament Hill recognizing National Seal Products Day.
The event is being hosted by Speaker of the House of Commons, The Honourable Anthony Rota, and is open to Members of Parliament, Senators and seal products industry stakeholders.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Craft Council will also be representing the province, and will have a variety of high quality seal crafts and apparel on display. The council has been a major supporter of National Seal Products Day since its inception in 2017, and is recognized for its advocacy work in support of the seal fishery.
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador remains a key supporter of the seal products industry through investments in the Canadian Fish and Seafood Opportunities Fund, which is responsible for managing the ongoing Canadian Seal Products marketing campaign. The Provincial Government has contributed $774,000 since 2019 toward this nearly $3 million initiative that aims to promote seal products and their benefits.
“Events such as National Seal Products Day help raise the profile of the sealing sector, and provide an important platform for industry supporters to network and offer their perspectives about the economic and cultural benefits offered by the sealing industry. I look forward to continued work with our federal partners and industry stakeholders to promote the seal products industry and increase awareness about all the benefits available from our seal resources.”
Honourable Derrick Bragg
Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture
Canadian Seal Products