Developing seal safe trap nets
The freshwater, Saimaa ringed seal is the only endemic mammal of Finland and the most endangered seal species in the world. One of the main dangers it faces is drowning in fishing nets. However, this also implies serious losses for fishermen who see their nets broken and large proportions of their catch eaten by seals. Fishermen have now worked with conservationists and scientists to develop trap-nets that protect their catch without harming preying seals.