Much of the subantarctic fur seal populations had been taken by sealers by the 1830s, but enough of the animals survived in order to make a comeback. A majority of the population, which was estimated at 214,000 individuals in 1983, is located on Gough Island (King, 1983: 46). In 1990 the population was estimated at 300,000 individuals (Riedman, 1990: 60). More recently the population was estimated at 310,000 individuals and rising. Currently there are no recognized threats to the subantarctic fur seal population.
CITES: appendix ii
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: least concern