My Department has not carried out research on grey seals nationally in the requested time period.
Seals are a protected species under the EU Habitats Directive and seals are also protected under the Wildlife Acts. I am advised two species of seals, grey seals and harbour seals, are common in Irish waters. In so far as the management of the seal population is concerned, I wish to clarify for the Deputy that this is the responsibility of the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and it is administered by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
I will forward your question to both the Marine Institute and Bord Iascaigh Mhara for direct reply to provide the requested information in respect of these agencies.