The conservation of marine mammals in Scottish waters

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Scottish coastal waters contain populations of both common and grey seals. In addition, the area is used by at least thirteen cetacean species. National and international agreements are in place which aim to protect these species. This paper reviews current information on the distribution, abundance and population dynamics of seals and cetaceans in Scottish waters. It then outlines the nature and likely extent of threats to these species from human impacts such as incidental killing, disturbance, pollution. Finally, conservation and management objectives for Scottish marine mammal populations are discussed, particularly in relation to international treaties which require the UK to provide adequate protection measures. -from Author

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-140
Number of pages18
JournalProceedings - Royal Society of Edinburgh, Section B
Publication statusPublished - 1992


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