[ North America ]

Although, in fact, the only North American programs seem to be in the US and western Canada, there remains hope that harbor seals in Baja California may yet gain effective support.
(Competition with fisheries and the remoteness of coastal haulouts in eastern Canada seem to favor failure of tentative conservation efforts.)

[ United Kingdom ]

UK attitudes toward protection, rescue, and rehabilitation programmes - and towards all pinnipeds - run the gamut from outright hostility in marine resource extraction industries to "animal rights"-style activism.
(There is no overriding system of regulation or enforcement that mandates conservation or even humane treatment.)

[ European Union ]

Rescue and rehabilitation efforts on the European mainland and Scandinavian Peninsula predate the modern trend toward harmonization.
(Scientific cooperation and shifting public sentiment may yet mitigate some regional risks of further extinction.)

SealWatch.org is dedicated to the general well-being of harbor seals and to vigorous enforcement of applicable law for their protection. Alerts will be posted here of documented instances of continued disturbance or threats to harbor seal safety and habitat. Cheers will be posted when new efforts have been made to extend protection.

Updated 1.25.21