Seal Management Plan
One of the requirements under the Seal Agreement is the establishment and implementation of a conservation and management plan for the harbour seal population. The Seal Management Plan (SMP) contains a comprehensive statement of actions that are or are to be undertaken by the signatories. The plan is under continual review and amended based on the results of scientific research. Since the grey seal population has increased significantly and its habitat protection requirements are similar to the harbour seal, it is now incorporated in the SMP (though not in the WSSA). The current SMP is valid for the period 2018-22.