July 2018: Seal survey on behalf of MMO and Defra

Posted on 17th July 2018

Defra and the MMO have commissioned ABPmer to manage a new project to help improve advice on ways to prevent seals from taking fish catches.

Seals eat catches from fishing gear in areas throughout English waters, particularly in the south west, north east and east.  This is costly to the industry both in terms of loss of catch but also in damaged gear.

ABPmer, a marine consultancy based on the south coast, is working with the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) to gain an up-to-date understanding of the issue, and to identify and trial possible seal deterrents with the fishing industry. 

They want to know about the extent of the problem, the impact on the fishing industry, and any experiences with or ideas about possible seal deterrent options. There is even the chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher for completing the survey!

Following the data gathering exercise, ABPmer will review non-lethal measures, gear modifications and fishing tactics currently available to reduce seal interactions. Field tests of the most promising non-lethal deterrent options will then be undertaken within one or more of the fisheries where seal interactions are a significant issue.

You can complete the survey at the following link.




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