oa South African Journal of Wildlife Research - 24-month delayed open access - Population trends of Subantarctic fur seals at Gough Island s - : short communications

Volume 36, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2410-7220
  • E-ISSN: 2410-8200



Counts on a few of the more recently colonized southeast coast breeding sites at Gough Island during the 2005/06 breeding season indicate a continued overall increase in pup production of Subantarctic fur seals <I>Arctocephalus tropicalis</I>. The mean annual rate of increase of 8.4% for the population inhabiting these beaches for the 17-year period 1988/ 89-2005/06 was less than half of that recorded over the previous 13 years from 1975/76 and suggests that numbers at these sites are approaching the asymptote of the long-term population growth curve.

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