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Kerry Fishermen In Call For Seal Cull Over ‘Unsustainable’ Stock Depletion

30th December 2019
Great Blasket Island is home to thousands of seals in a Special Area of Conservation Great Blasket Island is home to thousands of seals in a Special Area of Conservation Photo: Bjorn Christian Torrissen/Wikimedia

Depleted fish stocks and damage to nets in and around the Blaskets are “unsustainable”, argue local fishermen who have called for a cull of the area’s seal population, as the Irish Examiner reports.

The inshore fishermen allege that colonies of grey and common seals in the Blaskets — both protected marine wildlife species in the EU and within a Special Area of Conservation — are responsible for depleted pollock stocks, among others, which it is said is forcing smaller fishermen out of the industry over winter or even permanently.

Fisherman Adam Flannery told a public meeting in Dingle before Christmas: “We are looking for a cull. Because if we do not get a cull in six to eight months, within a few years there won’t be any inshore boat in Dingle.”

The Irish Examiner has more on the story HERE.

Published in Fishing, Marine Wildlife
MacDara Conroy

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