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Seal Fisheries of the Falkland Islands and DependenciesAn Historical Review$
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A.B. Dickinson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780973893441

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780973893441.001.0001

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Unregulated Sealing in the Dependencies

Unregulated Sealing in the Dependencies

(p.61) Chapter 4 Unregulated Sealing in the Dependencies
Seal Fisheries of the Falkland Islands and Dependencies

A.B. Dickinson

Liverpool University Press

This chapter provides a detailed account of the growth of the unregulated sealing industry in the Dependencies, in the same format as Chapter Two. It begins with a history of the discovery of South Georgia, and follows the arrival of American and British vessels in late eighteenth century. It follows a similar pattern in the Falklands history, where sealing excursions declined during European and American wars, only to return with vigor from 1810 onwards - devastating seal stocks by the 1820s. The South Georgian sealing industry continued to decline during the nineteenth century, with numerous failed excursions recorded. In counterbalance to this, the South Shetland Islands saw a rise in sealing. A rise in sealing occurred during the brief sea fur boom of the 1860s and 1870s, where the chapter concludes.

Keywords:   South Georgia, Captain James Cook, South Shetland Islands, South Sandwich Islands, Seal Fur

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