Introduction

Background:
This survey is for commercial fishermen in England about their experiences of interactions with seals (seals feeding on catches, damage to gears and entanglement). Your responses will help us better understand the extent of seal–fishery interactions around the country and identify options for non-lethal measures to reduce these interactions. Participation in the survey is voluntary.

This survey is being carried out as part of a wider study, which is implemented by ABPmer Ltd and the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) on behalf of the Marine Management Organisation and Defra. The study aims to identify fisheries in English waters where such interactions are a significant issue and to field test the most promising deterrent option(s) within one or more of those fisheries. This will help with the identification of viable and effective options for reducing seal–fishery interactions, with benefits for both fisheries (reduction of damaged catches or time lost) and seal populations (reduced impacts from fisheries).

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Time to complete the survey: The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

Queries: If you have any questions about completing the survey, prefer to complete it offline, or wish to discuss anything further, please contact Suzannah Walmsley, ABPmer (Email: swalmsley@abpmer.co.uk; Tel: 02380 711 858).

Data processing:
The survey collects personal data (name, contact details, vessel details). You do not have to provide your name or contact details to complete the survey, but it would be helpful to allow us to follow up any queries if necessary. Your data will be held securely and in accordance with ABPmer’s privacy policy. It will only be shared with members of the project team where necessary for the purposes of analysing survey responses. Data will be processed in line with the objectives of the survey and will not be used for any other purpose. Your personal data will not be published; survey results will be published in anonymised or aggregated form, such that the personal details are not identifiable. Any personal data collected will be destroyed at the end of the project, and only anonymised data will be passed to MMO for longer term storage. 

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