Comments: Population decline in the Pribilof Islands in the 1980s apparently was due to harvests of females during the 1960s, increased mortality at sea (e.g., due to entanglement in debris such as discarded fishing nets), and perhaps reduced prey availability caused by increased commercial fishing in the North Pacific and Bering Sea. Substantial numbers are killed in the high-seas squid driftnet fishery between 40 and 50 degrees N latitude (Reeves et al. 1992). Until a new international fur seal treaty is established, this species remains vulnerable to renewed killing at sea.
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