[MARMAM] Recent publication: Seal Bounty & Seal Protection Laws in Maine, 1872-1972
blelli at gwi.net
Mon Jul 23 16:07:31 PDT 2007
We are pleased to announce the recent publication of our historical and
legal review of seal bounty and protection legislation in Maine. This
article was recently published in Natural Resources Journal, an
international, interdisciplinary forum devoted to the study of natural and
environmental resources published by the University of New Mexico School Of
Please send requests for a PDF copy to blelli at gwi.net.
Lelli, Barbara and David E. Harris. 2006. Seal Bounty and Seal Protection
Laws in Maine, 1872 to 1972: Historic Perspectives on a Current Controversy.
Natural Resources Journal 46:881-924.
Modern predator management balances conservation and preservation with the
desire to exploit natural resources. Seals (marine predators) engender
controversy because seals and humans both consume fish. To understand the
foundation of current stakeholder positions concerning seals, we examined
the history of seal legislation in Maine from 1872 to 1972, which included
two bounty periods as well as limited legal protection. We analyzed the
stakeholder interests that influenced Maine legislation and compared them to
similar influences at work in a modern context, the Canadian Atlantic
Seal Hunt. This history and analysis can provide lessons for seal
Email: blelli at gwi,net
David E. Harris, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Natural and Applied Sciences
University of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn College
51 Westminster Street
Lewiston, ME 04252
Tel: (207) 753-6586
Email: deharris at usm.maine.edu
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