The recent symposium held in Orleans on Cape Cod drew lots of fishermen, biologists, local residents and business owners, and environmentalists, yet apparently failed to yield any solid answers to how the Cape’s growing pinniped population is affecting fish stocks and water quality.
There wasn’t even consensus on just how large the Cape’s seal population is. Biologists told the audience that they aren’t sure how much fish seals eat, and which species they target most heavily. Naturally, the scientists are hindered by a lack of seal-research funding. About the only thing that’s clearly understood is that seals will continue to attract great white sharks each summer.
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