December 24, 2014
Australian fur seal numbers are recovering from the effects of hunting during the 1800s. The main direct danger seals now face from people is when they interfere with commercial fishing or aquaculture operations. In the case of aquaculture, seals target salmon and trout being farmed in ocean pens. They can become entangled in nets or accidentally killed as a result of deterrent measures (including trapping and relocation). Aquaculturists are, however, introducing better designed fish pens that are safe for wildlife.