Fur seals (Arctocephalus spp.)

​Application for Scientific Permit – Available for Public Comment

Public comment on the following application for a Scientific Research (Fauna) Permit is open until 18 September 2019.

Applicant: Tassal Operations Pty Ltd

Species/Taxon: Australian fur seal, Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus; Long-nosed fur seal, Arctocephalus forsteri

Location: Marine farming leases in the lower D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Huon River

Title of research: Effect of water stream deterrent on human/seal interactions

Aim of project:
To assess the efficacy and risk to animal welfare of a directed application of low-pressure/high-flow water stream as a seal deterrent around marine farm operational activities.

Justification:
The DPIPWE Seal Management Framework regulates the use of seal deterrent devices by marine farming operators in Tasmania. There is currently a need to identify alternative deterrent devices that have a higher degree of efficacy, and that improve or maintain low levels of risk to animal welfare.

Application of the procedure is expected to have a low risk to animal welfare with all risks addressed and managed under the experimental procedure and will only be conducted with approval from the DPIPWE Animal Ethics Committee. The research aims to generate better seal management practices for improved seal welfare outcomes and WHS of fish farm workers.

Maximum likely numbers of individuals involved:
A maximum of 100 (one hundred) of each species will exposed to the trial procedure.

Activities undertaken and methods:
The proposed trial will use a low-pressure/high flow water stream as method for dispersing seals that are engaged in approaching farm staff, vessels and pens, or hauled out on marine farming infrastructure.

Fate of animals:
The procedure does not require the taking of wildlife. Other than application of the experimental procedure, seals will remain undisturbed.

Likely impact on species involved (including any by-catch):
The procedure is expected to have low impact on seal welfare.

Contact

Scientific Research Permits
Natural Values Conservation Branch
134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Email: Scientific.Permits@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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