Economic Importance for Humans: Positive
Harp seals provide meat for some native Arctic peoples. Historically, harp seal fur, oil, and meat were incredibly important to humans. Currently, demand for harp seal products has dropped off considerably due to import regulations.
Harp seals have also become an important part of the tourist industry in Canada, where tourists can visit harp seal whelping sites.
Positive Impacts: body parts are source of valuable material; ecotourism