The total population was estimated to be greater than 310,000 animals in 1987 and all indications are that it has been steadily growing since that time (SCAR EGS 2004). Subantarctic fur seals breed at numerous sites on eight islands or island groups. Some 95% of Subantarctic Fur Seals breed at three of these sites: Gough Island, the Prince Edward Islands and Amsterdam Island (Bester et al. 2003, Bester et al. 2006, Guinet et al. 1994, Hofmeyr et al. 2006a). Two other subpopulations are estimated to contain more than 1,000 adults (Guinet et al. 1994). All subpopulations are either stable or increasing (SCAR EGS 2004).
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