Salmon:Written question - 277604

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Asked on: 16 July 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Salmon
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on salmon stocks in English rivers of seals.
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Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 22 July 2019

No formal assessment of the effect of seal activity on Atlantic salmon stocks has been made in English rivers.

Although diet studies suggest that seals typically prey on other fish species, seals are known to consume salmon in estuaries, around nets and river mouths. Predation by seals is controlled by regulations including licensed sustainable culling, as well as non-lethal methods such as sound scaring equipment.

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