Fishery-seal interactions in Irish waters: current perspectives and future research priorities

Authors: 

Cronin, M., Jessopp, M., Houle, J., Reid, D.

Year: 

2014

Journal/Publisher Name: 

Marine Policy

Volume (Issue #): 

44

Page #s: 

120-130

Contact information: 

michelle.cronin@ucc.ie
Summary: 

This study reviews existing data and information from key stakeholders on interactions between the fishing industry and seals. The data suggests that seal interactions with commercial fisheries in Ireland are most significant inshore (<12 nautical miles from shore), involves static-net (passive) fisheries (e.g. gill/tangle nets) and have increased following the driftnet ban in 2006, suggesting displacement of seal interaction from salmon to other fisheries. Pollack, angler fish, cod, and turbot fisheries were the main inshore fisheries impacted by operational damage to gear and catch by seals. The extent to which changes in fishing practices and gear has reduced damage levels is unknown.