This species has been assigned to the Partnership (widespread) management stream under the Saving our Species (SoS) program.
Justification for allocation to this management stream
Less than 10% of the species occurs within NSW.
Status in NSW:
|NSW Final determination:
||Listed prior to 1996
Australian fur seals were historically exploited (harvested by people for products such as oil) across their range, resulting in significant population declines. Though pressures from harvesting have ceased, the species is still threatened by human disturbance and conflict, climate change, disease, and fisheries interactions (e.g. bycatch), and entanglements. To support the long-term survival of the species, management is required to minimise threats and allow the species to recolonise haul-out and breeding sites in its historical range. In NSW, fur seals are only known to breed on Montague Island, which is important as it currently represents the most northern breeding site for the species – though they historically bred further north. At some sites where seals have been re-establishing, disturbance by recreational users has the potential to limit their permanent establishment at those sites. As disturbance is a key threat, reducing conflict with the community is important to support the long-term viability and recovery of the species. Though monitoring in 2002 and 2007 in SA, Vic, TAS, and NSW showed a general trend of species recovery, the most recent results from Montague Island in 2013 detected a decline in pup numbers. It is not clear whether this is related to a decline in the adult population, a temporal change in resources or conditions, or shifts in regional site usage related to some monitoring sites reaching carrying capacity. As the cause of this decline is difficult to ascertain, ongoing management and monitoring is required to ensure the security of the species in NSW.
Conservation status in other Australian jurisdictions
The SoS strategy aims to secure the species in the wild for 100 years and maintain its conservation status under the BC Act.
The SoS strategy aims to secure the species in the wild in NSW for 100 years and maintain its conservation status under the BC Act. The SoS strategy also aims to engage local communities in the species' conservation and to encourage the NSW community to identify with it as a flagship for threatened species conservation.
This SoS strategy aims to secure this population in the long-term and maintain its conservation status under the BC Act
This SoS strategy aims to ensure the security of this species in the long-term and maintain its conservation status under the BC Act
This SoS strategy aims to ensure that the species is secure in the wild in NSW and that its NSW geographic range is extended or maintained and maintain its conservation status under the BC Act
This SoS strategy aims to secure critical populations of this species in NSW in the long-term and maintain its conservation status under the BC Act
The SoS strategy aims to secure this population in the long-term.
The SoS strategy aims to maximise the viability of the ecological community and maintain its conservation status under the BC Act
The SoS strategy aims to minimise current and future impacts of the key threatening process on priority biodiversity values, including threatened species and ecological integrity. This objective aligns with the BC Act
Species sightings and management sites across NSW
How will this species be managed?
Key management sites for this threatened species are being identified by the NSW Government
and other program partners, where feasible, cost-effective and beneficial management actions can be undertaken.
Currently, 1 management site has been identified for this threatened species.
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South east NSW
||Contributing site (funding opportunity)||Proposed||
Bayside, Bega Valley, Central Coast, Eurobodalla, Georges River, Hornsby, Kiama, Lake Macquarie, Mid-Coast, Mosman, Newcastle, North Sydney, Northern Beaches, Port Stephens, Randwick, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Sutherland Shire, Sydney, Unincorporated - Sydney Harbour Area, Waverley, Wollongong, Woollahra