|Sealers are rural peoples residing in coastal villages throughout the eastern, northern and northwestern coasts of Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia, Namibia and similar environments throughout the world. Sealing is also an integral part of the life of Inuit and Innu people throughout the North.
Sealing is a worldwide activity undertaken by rural villagers wherever seal populations are healthy enough to allow a harvest of animals under the principle of the sustainable use of a natural, renewable resource.
Canadian sealers, Canadian marine mammal biologists and the Canadian Government are world leaders in the field of resource utilization using scientific management principles combined with an educated workforce and a strict monitoring protocol to ensure the continued viability of sealing from both the economic and species perspectives. Canada is a world leader in the sustainable use of natural, renewable resources.
In addition to sealers, biologists, enforcement officers and bureaucrats the sealing industry employs men and women in the tanning and processing sector, the manufacturing sector, the design sector, the research sector and the marketing sector. There is a high "spin-off" employment ratio from the sealer to the end product in this industry.
The primary producers, sealers, receive 40% to 60% of the value of tanned pelts. This figure compares more than favourably to the amount received by farmers, fishermen, loggers and so on in their respective industries.