STOP FISHERMEN on from culling seals, through introduction criminal sentence for illegally shooting or intentionally disturbing a seal in its natural habitat. Increase funding to research organisations for the study and analysis of seal populations around Irish coasts.
Why is this important?
There are two species of seals in Irish waters, the grey and the harbour seal but in recent years Artic visitors such as bearded, walrus and most recently a hooded seal have arrived on our shores. We have many things to learn about how seals use our coastline and these species are protected under the Wildlife Act, 1976 and its amendments and the EU Habitats Directive as they are important indicators of ecosystem health. Indeed the recent sightings of such northerly species have been a cause for concern and it is of interest that we monitor such important indicator species in a time when the planet faces climate crises and is undergoing the 6th Mass Extinction.