Economic Importance for Humans: Positive
Juan Fernandez fur seals were used heavily by sealers in the late 1700s and early 1800s as a source of pelts, blubber, meat, and oil. Unfortunately this hunting lead to precipitous population declines and near extinction.
Positive Impacts: body parts are source of valuable material; research and education
- WWF - The Conservation Organization. 2000. "Juan Fernandez Fur Seal" (On-line ). Accessed Dec/12/02 at http://www.panda.org/resources/publications/species/underthreat/page19.htm.