Troubled waters: How global marine wildlife protection can undermine fishing communities

September 15, 2021

Sea lion depredationIn this part of South America, specifically Peru and Chile, marine mammals have been protected since the mid-20th century.Conservation policies have mostly been successful and over the last thirty years marine mammal populations - specifically those of sea lions and seals - have recovered.The study found:• Nearly 9 out of 10 fishers have a negative impression of sea lions.• Whilst it’s illegal for sea lions and seals to be killed, this is happening regularly with over 70% of fishers admitting that sea lions are being killed to defend catches.Including managing sea lion populations, providing financial compensation for catch losses and gear damage, training programs, and shifting focusing from fishing to eco-tourism.

The source of this news is from University of Oxford