Cape Fur Seal meat will be available for local consumption by next year

HENTIES BAY: Cape Fur Seal meat will be more readily available for local consumption by next year.

The manager of the seal-processing factory in Henties Bay, Gys Cilliers revealed to Nampa today they will first sell locally in towns such as Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Arandis, Usakos, Karibib and later nationally and internationally.

He could, however, not give a specific date when the distribution of seal meat will start, but assured the nation that it will be in 2015.

The factory called Seal Products Pty (Ltd) started operations in August 1999, and initially only exported the meat to China for further processing into animal feed, while small amounts of seal meat was sold locally.

Seals have abundant Omega-3 oil, while their skins are exported to garment manufacturers in Turkey.

The harvesting of Cape Fur seals takes place annually from July to November to regulate their populations in an effort to avoid them feeding too much, and thus depleting fish species in Namibian waters.