Video footage circulating on social media reveals a British Columbia industrial fisherman tossing an explosive machine amongst dozens of sea lions resting on the floor, scattering the mammals.
The graphic footage has angered animal rights proponents and prompted an investigation by Canadian authorities, whereas it seems to have been revealed to point out the extent of a sea lion “invasion” that some say threatens the livelihoods of fishermen.
Campbell River Whale & Bear excursions posted the video to Fb Wednesday with the assertion: “This video was shot over the weekend on a industrial seine vessel ready for the Business Herring opening. I’m making this video public so the general public is conscious that that is occurring repeatedly proper now off Comox, Denman Island and Hornby Island.
We expect this video was filmed by the BC Stability Pinniped Society who’s attempting to push a 50% Pinniped cull on the coast of British Columbia and Canada. This conduct is 100% unlawful and goes towards the Marine Mammal Tips.”
The Pacific Stability Pinniped Society first posted the footage Tuesday on its Fb group web page. The group said that the “bear banger” machine was used to scatter Stellar and California sea lions that had been sitting over a large college of herring.
Photograph displaying sea lions is courtesy of NOAA Fisheries
The society needs Canada’s Division of Fisheries and Oceans to broaden indigenous harvesting rights to incorporate the industrial sale of the seal and sea lion meat. The group believes a considerable cull would enable numerous fisheries to rebound, and create safer and extra productive fishing situations.
The society’s Fb submit, written by Thomas Sewid, begins by describing the scene earlier than the explosive machine was tossed: “That is what the herring take a look at boats are coping with at night time proper now. Theoretically darkness brings the herring to the floor, which makes it simpler to catch them. The take a look at boats are to toss rings with nets and drag up about fifty kilos of herring to pattern for roe proportion content material from the nets.
“Seeing as there’s such a excessive variety of British Columbia resident Stellar sea lions and 1000’s of invasive California sea lions, the herring are being dove upon. This huge quantity of sea lions diving on big colleges of herring scares them to remain deep. This makes it so captains can not catch herring, for they’re too deep for nets.”
CBC recognized the fisherman who tossed the machine as Allan Marsden, and reported that the Division of Fisheries and Oceans is investigating and may file costs.
The DFO said in a tweet: “Reminder: It’s unlawful to disturb #seals, #sealions or different marine mammals. This contains using acoustic deterrents comparable to seal bombs or different explosives.”
Andrew Trites, who runs the marine mammal analysis division on the College of British Columbia, mentioned of the video footage: “Throwing a stick of dynamite subsequent to the top of an animal, you’re going to blow out its listening to. If it’s close to its eye, you’re going to blow the attention out.
Trites added: “I do know I’ve heard them say ‘Properly it doesn’t harm the animal.’ Properly if that’s the case I’d problem them to carry that stick of their hand, gentle it and let’s movie it.”