seal researchers Rob and Dean coordinated the annual population census of the
island’s fur seals last weekend, as part of their fur seal population and
ecology studies. This involved 14 of our current 24 islanders walking the
coastline of most of the island, identifying and counting the Antarctic,
Sub-Antarctic and New Zealand fur seals. The information is very useful in
understanding how the island’s fur seal population is still recovering from
long ago near-extinction by the fur trade, with subsequent recruitment to the
breeding population of animals of the three different species.