The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency has asked the government to authorize a seal hunt to limit a growing seal population along the Swedish coasts that they say is damaging the fishing industry, reports Swedish Radio news.
But Mikael Karlsson, from the Society for Nature Conservation, is against the proposal. “We’ve waited until the population is big and strong before trying to authorize a hunt that lacks motives,” Karlsson says.
He says the fishing industry does more damage to the fish population than seals do.
A current wildlife control hunt in place for seals allows for the hunting of up to a few hundred every year.
It is still unclear how many seals would be hunted in any eventual licensed hunt.