Claims that seals are endangering the livelihoods of local fishermen

The seals are not native to this area but have bred and formed a substantial colony beneath the cliffs at Fairlight, where they are often sighted. Fishermen believe the seals have established themselves after being released back into the sea by the RSPCA centre at Mallydams at Fairlight, which has a seal treatment area including a pool. Paul Stanley and his partner Lucy Phillips fish from the small boat ‘Christine’ RX11. There’s a huge colony of forty to fifty under the cliffs at Fairlight. They are not a native species to this area, and they are doing massive damage to the fish stock, and to fishermen’s livelihood. If something like this happened on land, such as a dog let loose attacking sheep, it would be shot.” Photos. >click to read< 09:24

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