Potential solutions to the sealsfisheries conflicts

01-10-2010

Coexistence between seals and fisheries is desirable and possible. Some seal-safe gear and scaring methods work, but much remains to be done. Gear development requires strong and persistent public support. Awaiting technical mitigation methods economic compensation is possible. The efficiency of protective hunting is doubtful. Opinion differs on whether a reduction of the number of seals will benefit the fishery. A thorough case by case analysis is needed to reach a conclusion about the result of decimating a seal population.

Coexistence between seals and fisheries is desirable and possible. Some seal-safe gear and scaring methods work, but much remains to be done. Gear development requires strong and persistent public support. Awaiting technical mitigation methods economic compensation is possible. The efficiency of protective hunting is doubtful. Opinion differs on whether a reduction of the number of seals will benefit the fishery. A thorough case by case analysis is needed to reach a conclusion about the result of decimating a seal population.

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Håkan WESTERBERG Swedish Board of Fisheries