Seal Management Framework
The Seal Management Framework 2018 describes the mechanisms, procedures, requirements and options for managing fur seal interactions with marine farming operations so as to minimise risks to farm workers and seal welfare.
The Framework was updated to
- accommodate new and improved technologies
- clarify industry compliance and auditing requirements
The new framework also recognises that the relocation of trapped fur seals from marine farming leases to other parts of the State for seal interaction management purposes is not allowed.
The Department provides an oversight, permitting and audit role to ensure requirements for wildlife exclusion from fish containment pens are met and that seal management activities are conducted appropriately.
Direct seal management actions are undertaken by the marine farming industry, under permit, where appropriate. This facilitates effective and timely management of seal interaction issues by marine farm staff, while ensuring that management actions are undertaken in an agreed, appropriate and transparent manner.