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Sustainable Timber Tasmania and Parks and Wildlife Service announce road opening


Florentine Road and Arve Road (to the Hartz Mountain junction) are officially reopened to the public.More

Easter safety is paramount for our parks and reserves


The Parks and Wildlife Service encourages visitors and Tasmanians alike to get outdoors and get active - especially in our parks and reserves.More

Good news, Hartz Mountain National Park and other tracks are open!


In time for Easter walking, PWS have been able to re-open a number of tracks.More

Sub-Antarctic Fur Seal, Arctocephalus tropicalis

The sub-antarctic fur seal is rarely seen in our waters but there have been several sightings of this species at Bass Strait Australian fur seal colonies during the 1990's. This species is difficult to distinguish from the Australian and New Zealand fur seals that breed in Tasmanian waters.

The sub-antarctic fur seal breeds on sub-antarctic islands including Macquarie Island and Herd Island. On Macquarie Island the total population of sub-antarctic fur seals is estimated to be 90 to 110. In the 1995-96 season only 25 pups were born. This species does occur throughout the sub-antarctic, however, with an estimated total population of 300 000.

Studies of the sub-antarctic fur seal on Macquarie Island reveal that this species forages mostly at night and dives mostly at shallow depths. It feeds on pelagic myctophid fish.