Common Seal Research and Management SLMC Report July 1999

This report outlines the Strangford Lough Management Committee's recommendations to Government with regard to common seals as part of its ongoing role to advise on the strategic management of Strangford Lough. In June 1998 the Strangford Lough Management Committee formed a working group to address concerns over the decline in the common seal (Phoca vitulina) population of Strangford Lough since the late 80’s. The Common Seal Research and Management Working Group was asked to produce a report which would give an overview of the status of common seals in the Lough, examine concerns raised in some detail and if appropriate, make recommendations for a programme of action to address the situation.