Monitoring seal population dynamics

Monitoring seal health indicators

Start day

01.01.2012

End day

31.12.2025

Goals

The aim of the project is to monitor the demographic structure of the hunting bag of Baltic seals, and trends in the seal health indicators (reproductive rate and nutritional status or blubber thickness), as well as possible reasons behind the changes in these indicators, and their effect on the growth rate of seal populations. We will also study the impact of hunting pressure on seal populations and therefore also on the seal induced damage to fisheries.

Outputs

Both scientific and popular publications will be written of the project. The trends in the seal health indicators (birth rate and nutritional status)will be reported to HELCOM Seal Specialist Group each year, and nationally every 6th year.