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WP039: Proposal to De-list Antarctic Fur Seals as Specially Protected Species

ATCM XXIX and CEP IX 2006, Edinburgh, Scotland

Working Paper

WP039: Proposal to De-list Antarctic Fur Seals as Specially Protected Species

Summary:

At III ATCM in 1964 the Parties addressed conservation issues for the first time and approved the Agreed Measures for the Conservation of Antarctic Flora and Fauna. In its Annex A were listed those species which were to be designated as Specially Protected Species. These comprised "All species of the genus Arctocephalus, Fur Seals" and "Ommatophoca rossii, Ross Seal".

At XXVII ATCM SCAR was asked to examine the available data for the species currently in Annex A and provide a recommendation on the future of these listings. It provided a paper at ATCM XXVIII (WP 33) reviewing the data for Fur Seals, and recommended that, on the basis of their present populations and the trends of these populations, they could not be considered in any way threatened or endangered under the IUCN criteria. They were therefore no longer in need of special protection and should be delisted.

This proposal was supported by some Parties whilst others requested that SCAR provide further information, ensuring that the data assessed included all available data and that CCAMLR be consulted over seal mortality in CCAMLR fisheries. This paper provides the evidence in a format agreed at CEP VIII and a recommends that Fur Seals be delisted.

ATCM - Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting
CEP - Committee for Environmental Protection
29th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting
12 Jun 2006 - 23 Jun 2006