Economic Importance for Humans: Positive
In the 18th and 19th centuries, Arctocephalus was widely hunted for food by the Maori people. With the onset of European sealing industry, fur seals were hunted for their fur in addition to their meat. Starting in 1894, however, both of these activities were deemed illegal and the New Zealand fur seal was granted full protection (Department of Conservation).
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