Jul 22

Aussies consider explosives to deter seals

Aussies consider explosives to deter seals

Australia plans to use explosives on long nosed fur seals in an attempt to get them to stop eating fish.

Fur seals in the Coorong will be targeted in non-lethal ways to scare the animals away from fishing areas under an $100,000 plan revealed by the South Australian Government.

A working group, which will include fisherman and environmental experts, will be set up to tackle the issue while possible measures to move the animals away could include underwater explosives.

New Zealand fur seals in the area have soared to about 100,000 in recent years.

Local professional fishing crews have reported the seals are eating their catches and attacking nets in the search for food.

The problem prompted Liberal MP Adrian Pederick to call for a culling program to target the seals.

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Adrian Pederick (left) wants an Aussie seal cull

Environment Minister Ian Hunter said a culling program was not the solution to reducing the colony’s size.

He said research from overseas showed selective culling was not as effective as more humane options.

“We know from past experience that culling doesn’t work, any seal you take out will only be replaced by other seals in the population.

“So unless you are talking about massive cull of tens of thousands of seals you are not going to have much of an impact locally.”

Potential solutions to be explored include upgrading fishing crews’ equipment, changing fishing practices and moving seals on from specify areas.

“We’re looking at what are called seal scarers,” Mr Hunter said.

“They’re underwater explosives that scare seals away from fishers and nets but we’ll also be looking at how fishers might be able to change their fishing gear or fishing practices, ie not leaving nets out overnight or for longer periods where seals can come and take the fish from.”

He said culling the seals would be detrimental to tourism and the state’s brand.

“Nature-based tourism is worth over a billion dollars to our state’s economy and overseas tourists are very, very sensitive to local practices and so if we were to go down the path of culling for example, that would reflect very poorly,” Mr Hunter said.

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