Australian sea lions are fully protected within Australia. They were listed as “rare” in the 1994 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. They have been recently removed from this list, and the population has remained stable at around 10,000 animals (World Conservation Monitoring Centre, 2000). Harvesting of this species is not allowed, and a permit is required for research or capture for zoos (Toorn, 1999).
CITES: no special status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: endangered