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Seal census 2017

Since 2016, BioConsult SH carries out aerial surveys to assess the harbour and grey seal population in the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea on behalf of the government-owned Company for Coastal Protection, National Parks and Ocean Protection (Landesbetrieb für Küstenschutz, Nationalpark und Meeresschutz – LKN Tönning). The results of the 2017 seal census are available now. In August, a total of 8,834 seals were counted in the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea, a number exceeding the two counts of the previous year. The number of animals is now as high as before the population decline between 2014 and 2016. Visit the seal monitoring section of our website for further information.