ound only in Lake Saimaa, Finland, the Fish traps can also be dangerous for the ringed seal., Pusa hispida saimensis, is extremely endangered with only 310 of them left.
Faced with many threats from human activities, the Saimaa ringed seal is vunerable to climate change, disturbed nesting places from coastal developement and violations of fishing restrictions. Fish traps can also be dangerous for the ringed seal and net fishing is the biggest threat for the Saimaa ringed seal- drowning many pups.
A fish trap with a loose funnel is a threat to the Saimaa ringed seal pups. Fish traps with loose or wide funnels are prohibited on main ringed seal territories, but nonetheless, almost half of the fishing gear that were inspected in 2011 were in violation of the recommended guidelines.
We ask Finland to continue to upgreade fishing gear and follow recomended guildlines to save the Saimaa ringed seal from extinction.