April 8, 1957 (22nd Parliament, 5th Session)

LIB

John Watson MacNaught (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. MacNaughl:

In reply to the hon.
member for Esquimalt-Saanich may I say that I regret I cannot tell him the exact
period during which the experiment was carried out. I can tell him, however, that the stomachs of some 5,000 seals were examined, so I conclude that the experiments extended over some considerable period of time.
I can say also that it is the considered opinion of Dr. Kask, who has given this matter much thought and study, that the fur seal is not a great destroyer of salmon.
I think he pointed out to the committee today that the seal might destroy salmon left in nets, but that there is not a great deal of this type of fishing done on the Pacific coast, and that most of the fish found in the stomachs of seals are fish that do not swim as rapidly as salmon. The inference was that the salmon are able to look after themselves pretty well.

Topic:   NORTH PACIFIC FUR SEALS
Subtopic:   IMPLEMENTATION OF INTERIM CONVENTION ON CONSERVATION
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