Ballina councillors yesterday agreed to send a letter to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine calling for a cull of seals in Killala Bay.

In a Ballina Municipal District council meeting Cathaoirleach Michael Loftus called for a cull of the mammals, which he believes are contributing to the loss of wild Atlantic salmon in the River Moy.

“These seals would kill salmon or sea trout sometimes just for fun, other times to eat it,” he said, adding that they are “killing all that is good about the River Moy.”

The Western People is reporting that the Fianna Fáil Councillor, who is also a member of the Grainne Uaile Sub Aqua Search and Recovery Unit, said he had noticed approximately 150 seals in and around Bartragh Island, in Killala Bay, while out on a search last weekend.

He said the loss of salmon in the Moy is affecting fishing tourism, which in turn harms the local economy.

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