Seals and fish stocks in Irish waters

01-10-2010

Conflict exists between seals and fisheries, with seals affecting fisheries through damage to catches and gear and competition for resources. Fisheries can affect seals through accidental by-catch, and overfishing can reduce prey availability. This briefing note provides a comprehensive review of the situation in Irish waters, using existing data augmented with information from key industry stakeholders to provide a realistic and representative account of the current situation. Recommendations are outlined to aid management decisions for reducing the interactions between seals and fisheries in Ireland.

Conflict exists between seals and fisheries, with seals affecting fisheries through damage to catches and gear and competition for resources. Fisheries can affect seals through accidental by-catch, and overfishing can reduce prey availability. This briefing note provides a comprehensive review of the situation in Irish waters, using existing data augmented with information from key industry stakeholders to provide a realistic and representative account of the current situation. Recommendations are outlined to aid management decisions for reducing the interactions between seals and fisheries in Ireland.

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Michelle CRONIN, Coastal & Marine Resources Centre, University College Cork Mark JESSOPP, Coastal & Marine Resources Centre, University College Cork David REID, Marine Institute, Galway