Going down

Seal prices, Twillingate, Nfld. population both decline.

Twillingate’s population of about 2,400 is literally dying off. It’s down by almost half in the last 25 years as the battered fishery forces young people away to find work.

Mayor Gordon Noseworthy fears a looming European Union ban on seal products – set to take full effect in August – will only make things worse.

“The employment has gone down. The income from the harbour authority has gone down. Everything has gone down. They’ve got some stuffed idiot saying that you can’t kill a baby seal. There ain’t been one killed for 20 years.

“And it’s costing outport Newfoundland a fortune.”

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