seal hunting

In an overfished sea, the seals have begun to move towards the coasts to look for food. Here they encroach on people’s territory. From being nearly extirpated in the early 1980s, to recovering, we are now licensed to hunt seals again.

In the Theme – Seal hunting, we have collected reports from the seal count at Koster, interviews with decision makers and researchers and also a series of facts about the three different seal tribes we have along the Swedish coast.

I am now forbidden to fish for cod and the pike has disappeared from my bay. I'm looking for scapegoats. Who is responsible for the...
Chronicler: Peter Löfgren
Foto: Johan Candert, Simon Stanford
It is early morning sometime late winter last year. Out on the islands in the Skarv archipelago in the sea belt outside Stockholm, female seals...
reportage/redigering: Kajsa Grandell
We asked Tero Härkönen, who has researched seals since the 1970s, three questions. Is it the seal's fault that the fish disappear? Is the seal doing something...
reportage: Lena Scherman
Redigering/foto: Alexandre Gobatti
Many want to blame the seal and the cormorant when the fish disappear, but porpoises also eat fish. So how come we have license hunting...
Reportage: Lena Scherman
Editing: Alexandre Gobatti
Photo: Kimmo Hagman, Johan Candert, Leif Eiransson, Simon Stanford, Anders Kronborg, Lunds Universitet
Since almost four years ago, we have license hunting on gray seals, since two years on harbor seals and protection hunts on ringed seals since...
Reportage: Lena Scherman
Foto: Hans Berggren, Johan Candert/DSR, Alexandre Gobatti/DSR, Kimmo Hagman/DSR,Göran Ehlmé/DSR, Simon Stanford/DSR, Tobias Dahlin/DSR, Ismaele Tortella
Redigering: Alexandre Gobatti
We accompanied seal researchers from the University of Gothenburg, to Koster. In the archipelago on the Swedish west coast. Koster is one of the places...
Reportage: Lena Scherman
Photo/Editing: Alexandre Ramos Gobatti
The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency decided this year that we should shoot 630 harbor seals, 1500 gray seals and 350 ringed seals. Some think that...
Reportage: Lena Scherman/Alexandre Gobatti
Sweden, Finland, and Norway conduct hunting for seals as trophy hunting. In most other countries, hunting of large marine mammals has been prohibited. In the USA,...
Reportage: Daniel Hager/Lena Scherman/Alexandre Gobatti
The fish are running out, the herring and the baltic herring are threatened and the cod is almost completely gone. When there is a competition...
Reportage: Daniel Hager/Lena Scherman/Alexandre Gobatti
When the seal population had collapsed around 1980 and was almost completely extinct, the authorities put an end to all hunting. Seal protection areas were...
Reporter: Lena Scherman
Editing: Alexandre Gobatti/Daniel Hager
Graphics: Daniel Hager
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