Research and analysis

Non-lethal deterrents suitable for control of seals from fishing vessels (MMO1131)

To understand the interactions between seals and fishing and explore non-lethal deterrents suitable for control of seals from fishing vessels


Report - Assessing non-lethal seal deterrent options literature and data review

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Interactions between seals and fishing gear include depredation (taking catch) of fish catches by seals and bycatch of seals in fishing gear. Throughout England, particularly in the south-west, north-east and east, depredation is an issue for static net fisheries in particular, that leads to significant economic costs from loss of commercial catch, increased gear handling or gear damage. Seal-gear interactions can also lead to seal mortality through either legal shooting (‘Netsmen’s Defence’) or as a result of accidental bycatch.

Published 5 November 2018