Leopard seal populations are abundant in preferred habitat and the species is not exploited by man. Leopard seals, especially young, seasonally depend on krill, but are less competitive than other krill-feeding species.Leopard seals could, therefore, be one of the first species adversely affected by commercial krill fisheries. The species is currently rated as Lower Risk/Least Concern by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
US Federal List: no special status
CITES: no special status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: least concern