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DECLINING STRIPER STOCKS: DO SEALS SHARE THE BLAME?

With seal populations on the rise across Long Island, some anglers are wondering if the fury sea mammals are taking a big bite out of local fish stocks. Do the facts add up?
by Chris Paparo

The mere mention of seals to a boat filled with fishermen is liable to get you a first class ticket to walk the plank these days at some Long Island ports. In recent years, there is no doubt that local seal populations have been on the rise while many fish populations are declining. Is this observation directly correlated, or are other factors part of the mix?



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