SPCA opposes all human activities that result in the injuries or deaths of New Zealand sea lions. SPCA believes that more can be done to protect sea lions and recover the species to non-threatened status. Our organisation is concerned with fisheries activities that impact sea lions, particularly around breeding populations.
SPCA advocates that the government must take more practical action that aims for fisheries activities to result in zero mortality of sea lions. This could be achieved by changes to existing practices such as ending the use of trawling in sensitive wildlife areas, and the use of alternative fishing methods, such as jigging.
On an individual level, deaths caused as a direct or indirect result of trawling cause suffering to the individual animal, reliant offspring, and the population of this endangered species.