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    Entanglement of Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella) in man-made debris at Signy Island, South Orkney Islands, 2004/05

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    Document Number:
    SC-CAMLR-XXIV/BG/18
    Author(s):
    Delegation of the United Kingdom
    Approved By:
    Admin Admin
    Abstract

    The results of the ninth annual survey of entanglement of Antarctic fur seals at Signy Island, South Orkney Islands are reported for the 2004/05 summer season. There were two sightings of seals wearing neck collars of man-made debris, both were sub-adult males entangled with fishing net. In one case the entangling material had become attached to a rock and the animal was tethered to the ground. The incidence of entanglement at Signy Island, albeit very low, highlights the need for CCAMLR Members to continue their campaign to ensure that vessels are aware of, and comply with, regulations prohibiting the disposal of man-made debris at sea.