Sea lion facts it is an amphibian animal which lives mostly at Coastal areas. It survives on fish of sea. It came in news as fishermen of Chilefacing tough competition from Sea of lion.
Sea lion is carnivorous Hunter and has designated industry of fishery in Chile because of it’s voracious appetite.
Sea lion is protected in Chile for 28 years as it was once hunted mercilessly all over the world. Because of it’s hunting in past it’s population affected adversely. It’s population came close to extinction. It’s hunting was used to getting Fur from Sea lions skin illegally. So Chile made law ban of Sea lion hunting.
Important facts of sea lion is that Predators of sea lions are Shark and Oreas which lives in deep water of sea. But, Sea lion is amphibian and it gets food at coastal area in sufficient manner . Sea Lion not goes in deep water of sea where it’s predators live. That’s why they mostly live at coastal area and their population bis growing fast.
It is found that when fishermen of Chile catches fish and store it at coastal area for a time and goes to catch another fishes. In that time sea lion comes and cunsumes the catched fish.
When fishermen goes in boat, the sea lion indentifies sound of boat and Chase the boat. They follow the boat because they know whereeve boat goes there are large number of fish remains. Sometimes, sea lion also enters into net and eats fish, as they are heavy wheight (300kg). They can easily crash the net and escape from fishermen.
A sea lion eats 90 pounds of fish daily. Around 80% of boats in Chile from Valparaiso port returns with empty boat.
World’s 40% sea lion population live in Chile’s coastal area which is 200000 in numbers and pose a serious threat to fishing industry.
Demands of Fishermen
Fishermen of Chile are demanding to lift hunting ban from Sea lion. Government of Chile admits the issue of fishermen and the government will conduct census of sea lions in february first and will take appropriate decision.
The Chile government also agreed with fishermen to establish commission of expert to study the problem.
Government also agreed to test boat fitted with ultrasound equipment to scare away sea lion from approaching boat.
At international level sea lion has less population and Chile has signed international accords to protect sea lions and it’s violation would be serious penalty on Chile. eg. Import of Salmon from Chile to USA which generate almost $4 billion a year.
So, these are the facts of sea lion that Chile government can’t kill or Chilean fishermen can’t take steps against Sea lion even if they are angry.
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