Seal Management Framework


The Department has undergone a review process for the Wildlife (General) Regulations 2010 and the Wildlife (Exhibited Animals) Regulations 2010. This will result in the making of a consolidated set of regulations to be known as the Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulations 2021. These regulations will come into effect from December 2021. This will have some impact on the wording of some permits and licences for activities that involve wildlife. The Department will update the licenses and permits, and the web pages that relate to them, as soon as possible once the remaking process has been finalised. If you have any questions please get in contact with us on 03 6165 4305 or via FarmPoint on 1300 292 292. ​

​​​​The Seal Management Framework 2018 describes the mechanisms, procedures, requirements and options for managing fur seal interactions with marine farming operations so as to minimise risks to farm workers and seal welfare.

The Framework was updated to 
  • accommodate new and improved technologies
  • clarify industry compliance and auditing requirements

The new framework also recognises that the relocation of trapped fur seals from marine farming leases to other parts of  the State for seal interaction management purposes is not allowed. 

The Department provides an oversight, permitting and audit role to ensure requirements for wildlife exclusion from fish containment pens are met and that seal management activities are conducted appropriately.

Direct seal management actions are undertaken by the marine farming industry, under permit, where appropriate. This facilitates effective and timely management of seal interaction issues by marine farm staff, while ensuring that management actions are undertaken in an agreed, appropriate and transparent manner.


Wildlife Management
GPO Box 44
Phone: 03 6165 4305