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  SCS: Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus)
There are frequent calls for culls of grey seals, particularly in Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, by fishing interests who claim that seal predation is the reason behind reduced fish stocks and that a reduction in the number of grey seals would result in an increase in the amount of commercially landed fish.
Grey seals on both sides of the Atlantic are killed through fisheries conflicts, the shooting of seals to prevent seal damage to nets, traps and catch being common in both fisheries and fish farming.
The hunting of grey seals was banned throughout the Baltic Sea in 1988 by signatories to the Helsinki Convention.
www.pinnipeds.org /species/grey.htm   (2907 words)

 Grey Seal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It is a large seal of the family Phocidae or "true seals".
In Britain and Ireland, the Grey Seal breeds in several colonies on and around the coasts; notably large colonies are at the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast (about 6,000 animals), and North Rona off the north coast of Scotland and Lambay Island off the coast of Dublin.
Grey Seal pup on the Faroe Islands, November 2004
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Grey_Seal   (606 words)

 Grey Seal
Another concern relating to the fisheries is that the grey seal acts as a vector of the cod worm, Phocanema.
Since the life cycle of the cod worm is a complex one, the importance of the grey seal therein is hard to determine.
The grey seal populations in Scotland and Canada are regulated because of the codworm problem.
ourworld.compuserve.com /homepages/jaap/greyseal.htm   (951 words)

 Grey Seal Hunt in Nova Scotia
The “Grey Seal Society” estimates that the seal population has reached 300,000 to 310,000 individuals, and that it would be reasonable to kill half of these: a cull of 150,000 grey seals, that is their proposal.
In their warm bellies, seals host masses of worms, that produce phenomenal numbers of eggs, which are released into the water with the feces of the seal and act to enrich the zooplankton.
The relationship of seals and fish to photosynthesis in the ocean is rather like that of tree trunks in the forest: trunks and branches are living tree elements that do not capture the sun’s energy directly, but that have been built by drawing on materials produced by the specialized green leaf cells that do.
www.fisherycrisis.com /seals/greysealhunt.htm   (6654 words)

 Grey Seal
The grey seal is able to stay underwater for up to 16 minutes, although five to ten minutes is more normal.
Later, the grey seal was culled around British shores because fishermen claimed that it did much damage to fish stocks and nets.
Fishermen still blame the grey seal for reducing the populations of salmon and cod in the North Sea, but many scientists say that this has been caused by years of overfishing and the seals do not seriously reduce stocks of fish.
www.yptenc.org.uk /docs/factsheets/animal_facts/grey_seal.html   (660 words)

 Grey Seal pup encounter in Nova Scotia
In Nova Scotia, grey seal pups are born in winter, between December and February.
Grey seal pup found at Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia, April 17, 2004, appears to be rather small and thin for its age.
It is illegal in Nova Scotia for people to interfere with or to move marine mammals such as this grey seal pup.
www.greyseal.net /ianspup.htm   (595 words)

 Grey Seal Conservation Society
Grey seals may not be hunted commercially during their whelping or mating period (January and February) and they may not be hunted at Sable Island.
Random gunshot injuries result, and grey seals often die later of their wounds, their bodies never being recovered by the fishermen, who therefore cannot know how long it took them to die.
Grey seal pups, like the better known Canadian harp seal pups, are born with soft white fur.
www.greyseal.net   (1508 words)

 BBC - Science & Nature - Wildfacts - Grey seal
Half of the world's population of grey seals are found on and around British coasts, and numbers here have doubled since 1960.
Male grey seals are much larger than the females, and have broad shoulders, an elongated snout and a heavy muzzle.
Grey seals are protected by the Conservation of Seals Act, but individuals causing damage to fishing nests can legally be killed.
www.bbc.co.uk /nature/wildfacts/factfiles/277.shtml   (292 words)

 CRESLI grey seal page
Female grey seals are estimated to live to at least their mid 30's.
The nearest grey seal pupping area is in Nantucket Sound, on Muskeget Island, west of Nantucket Island.
Unlike the harbor seal, grey seal pups are rather helpless, staying on land in the birth area while the mother attends to them.
www.cresli.org /cresli/seals/greyseal.html   (325 words)

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