One of the guiding principles of Qalipu First Nation and all Indigenous people is environmental stewardship and the promotion of a balanced ecosystem. As an indigenous group whose members and communities are directly affected, we take the position of having a moral responsibly to protect, promote, and celebrate our oceans and the life they sustain. The hunting, consumption and diversified usage of seals is interwoven into the fabric of Indigenous people’s heritage, traditions and culture. Qalipu seeks to engage locally, nationally, and internationally to advocate for the humane harvesting, processing, marketing, and consumptive-use of seal products. Waspu Oil is an Omega-3 supplement that is good for you and good for the environment.
Harp Seal oil contains "healthy fats" known as Omega-3 fatty acids. Examples of omega-3 fatty acids in harp seal oil include eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and docosapentaenoic acid (DPA).
Omega-3 fatty acids, are a family of polyunsaturated fats that are needed for health. Omega-3’s are not produced in the body. Even though they are found in every cell in the human body they must be consumed through food or supplements.
Health Benefits of Omega-3’s
Used for maintenance of good health
Reduce serum triglycerides and support cardiovascular health
Boost brain function
Good for the brain
*ONLY AVAILABLE IN CANADA, WE ARE NOT ABLE TO SHIP THIS PRODUCT TO THE USA.
Our goal here at Waspu Oil is to progressively maintain a balanced ecosystem. When supporting Waspu Oil you help protect, promote, and celebrate our oceans and the life they sustain while simultaneously nourishing your mind, body, and spirit as you include Seal Oil to your daily routine.
WASPU is the Mi’kmaq word for Seal
In Indigenous culture, the seal represents imagination, creativity, trust, and integrity
For hundreds of years Indigenous cultures of Newfoundland and Labrador have relied upon seals. Within the spirit of this Seal, we see the ancient Mi’kmaq Eight-Pointed Star with the four direction colours symbolizing diversity and inclusiveness of all nations on Earth.
Mi’kmaq double curve designs are painted on each side of the Mi’kmaq Star representing balance of nature, environmental conservation, and stewardship.
Seal oil contains "healthy fats" known asOmega-3fatty acids.Omega-3fatty acids in seal oil include eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and docosapentaenoic acid (DPA).
Omega-3fatty acids are a family of polyunsaturated fats that are needed to maintain good health. Our bodies are unable to produce these essential fatty acids, even though they are critical for its proper functioning! Thus, omega-3s must be consumed through food or supplements.
Health benefits associated withOmega-3’sinclude:
- Decrease risk of heart disease and cardiovascular disease
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduce or prevent inflammatory diseases i.e. arthritis, hypertension, Crohn’s disease, cancer, skin diseases, depression
- Promote nerve regeneration in patients with type 1 diabetes
- Promote fetal and infant visual and brain development
Research suggests that because seals are mammals, as are humans, seal oil is more easily processed and absorbed by our bodies than Omega-3 fish oils or plant-based omega-3 supplements.
Additionally, seal oil contains a very uniqueomega-3, DPA, which is not found in fish oil or plant-based supplements. DPA naturally occurs in mother’s breast milk and is proven to have powerful health benefits. DPA is also responsible for increasing the amount of EPA and DHA that the body absorbs.
WE DO NOT INHERIT THE EARTH FROM OUR PARENTS. WE BORROW IT FROM OUR CHILDREN - ANCIENT NATIVE PROVERB
Is the seal harvest humane?
The standard 3 step method for harvesting seals was developed in accordance with recommendations from the Independent Veterinarians Working Group (composed of members from Canada, France, United States, United Kingdom and elsewhere.)
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in 2014 announced that Humane Harvesting training would be mandatory for all holders of a commercial seal license.
It is against the law to harvest a whitecoat (seal pup). No seal will be hunted in whelping or breeding patches.
Not only is the harvest sustainable, it is necessary.
The population of Harp Seals currently sits around 7.5 Million in the Northwest Atlantic.
The Harp seal is currently listed as a “species of least concern” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
The Harp seal eats up to 20 times its own body weight. Seal predation threatens other marine species i.e. capelin, mackerel, cod, wild Atlantic salmon, and others. Science predicts that Southern Gulf cod will be extinct in 30 years due primarily to seal predation.
Are seals endangered?
WASPU Seal Oil comes from the Harp seal and the stock currently sits at about 7.5 million seals, six times the population size recorded in the 1970’s.
The IUCN lists the Harp seal as a “species of least concern” and is currently trending upward in population size.
Docosapentaenoic acid (DPA) is a Super Omega-3. DPA absorbs 22% better than EPA and DHA which means you get even more Anti-inflammatory, anti aging, and heart health-boosting benefits.
What about the rest of the animal?
Seal oil is rendered from the blubber of seal. Currently we are not selling furs or meat but if you have interest please contact us and we can put you in touch with the right people. We want to see 100% of the animal being used.