Grey Seals, Orkney

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th November 1960.

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Photo of Mr Gilmour Leburn Mr Gilmour Leburn , Kinross and West Perthshire 12:00 am, 15th November 1960

Between 1st September and 5th November, 164 seals were shot in Orkney during an experimental cull undertaken by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland. The experiment was undertaken, in view of the widespread complaints of damage done by seals to salmon and marine fisheries, to establish the most humane and practicable methods of controlling the grey seal population, pending the result of further investigation about the nature and extent of the control needed.