East Coast fishing communities
relied on the seal and whale hunts for supplementary income, in order to
ensure their families' well-being. Both courage and survival are central
to the story of these dangerous hunts.
ealing and whaling involved dirty,
difficult, and dangerous work. Hunters endured the hardships out of a sense
of duty to their families and communities. Ordinary men were celebrated as
heroes, and young boys aspired to follow in their wake.
Seal Hunters (1933)
(Originally published in The Wooden Walls among the Ice Floes: Telling
the Romance of the Newfoundland Seal Fishery)
oday, the public expects the
use of marine resources to be sustainable. Canada stopped its
commercial whale hunt in 1972. Whale-watching has since become an
important tourist industry. A tightly-regulated seal hunt continues,
but anti-sealing campaigns strive to win popular support, undercutting
markets for seal products.
(Courtesy: Tourism Nova Scotia)
Date Created: May 18, 2001 | Last Updated: April 30, 2010