Seal-inflicted damages to Danish fisheries (39143)

Project Details

Description

In recent years, there has been an increasing conflict between commercial fisheries and the increasing seal populations. Direct damages in the form of reduced or damaged catch is frequently seen in fishing with set gillnets, poundnets and hooks/lines. Fishermen have proposed that the diminishing fish stocks are a result of increased predation from seals. The problems appear to be most widespread in the small-scale coastal fisheries, which there is a political will to preserve, but basic information about the scale of the problem is lacking.
The present project aimed to remedy this situation by collecting information on the scale of the seal-inflicted damages to Danish commercial fisheries and assessing the economic consequences of the damages.

The project focused on the following areas:
-  Seal populations in Danish waters – distribution, size, behaviour and feeding preferences (WP 1)
- Damage to catch and fishing gears inflicted by seals (WP 2, 3 and 4)
-  Potential mitigation measures (WP 5).

The project was coordinated by DTU Aqua and was funded by the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries and the European Fisheries Fund (EFF).

Research area: Ecosystem based Marine Management
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date15/07/201301/05/2015