Seals May be Affecting Fish Stocks

Monomoy is home to a huge seal colony.
Monomoy is home to a huge seal colony. Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

Columnist Steve Urban writes on about the ever-expanding seal populations of the Northeast and their effects on stocks of cod and other commercially valuable fish, as well as the marine ecosystem as a whole.

Urban points out that since seals are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, their numbers are growing virtually unchecked, to the point where they may be severely impacting fish stocks. He compares the U.S. policy on seals to that of Norway, where seals are culled to maintain their population levels and where cod stocks are healthy.

Read more about the problems being caused by growing seal populations in the Northeast.