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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-02134

Seal Deterrent Project Team Shortlisted for Civil Service Award

Submitted by: Liam Kerr, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Date lodged: Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Supported by: Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Finlay Carson, Sharon Dowey, Russell Findlay, Meghan Gallacher, Pam Gosal, Jamie Greene, Douglas Lumsden, Edward Mountain, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Alexander Stewart, Sue Webber, Annie Wells, Tess White

That the Parliament congratulates the Seal Deterrent Project Team, which operated out of Rosehearty Harbour, on being shortlisted in the Science and Innovation category at 2021 Civil Service Awards; notes that the project set out to solve the disruption that seals cause to the inshore handline mackerel fishery industry in the north east; understands that they follow boats as they leave the harbour to both search for and locate fish, which can lead to them interfering with the vessels' operations and dispersing shoals; notes that the project used targeted acoustic startle technology (TAST) to deter seals in the vicinity of vessels and to stop them becoming injured in fishing equipment; understands that the use of TAST led to a 97% decrease in such seal activity; applauds the work carried out by everyone on the team, and wishes them all the best.