Entanglement of Antarctic fur seals at Bouvetøya, Southern Ocean.

  title={Entanglement of Antarctic fur seals at Bouvet\oya, Southern Ocean.},
  author={G J Greg Hofmeyr and Marth{\'a}n N. Bester and Steve P. Kirkman and Christian Lydersen and Kit Maureen Kovacs},
  journal={Marine pollution bulletin},
  volume={52 9},
Entanglements of Antarctic fur seals Arctocephalus gazella were recorded during four summers from 1996 to 2002 at the subantarctic island, Bouvetøya. Rates of entanglement varied between 0.024% and 0.059%. These rates are low for a pinniped population and might be because of the geographic isolation of the haulout site. An apparent decrease in the levels of entanglement over the course of the study was likely due, at least in part, to the removal of entanglements by observers. At least two… CONTINUE READING