Economic Importance for Humans: Negative
Often fur seals interfere with commercial fishing equipment by becoming tangled in nets. In these instances they are usually killed. Further, many fishermen intentionally try to capture and kill them due to the belief that the seals deplete commercial fish stocks. It has been shown that fur seals eat minuscule amounts of commercially important fish and instead the bulk of their diet consists of organisms not used by humans. Unfortunatley, however, the practice of killing them continues (Forest and Bird Society).