History of whaling, sealing, fishery and aquaculture trials in the area of the Kerguelen Plateau

Guy Duhamel & Richard Williams
The exploitation of marine resources on the Kerguelen Plateau only began in 1790 (18th century) after the discovery of the northern Kerguelen Islands in 1772. Salted fur seal (Arctocephalus gazella) skins was the first product to be commercialized by Nantucket (USA) and London (UK) ship-owners, mainly on the Kerguelen Islands, and by the early 19th century the seal colonies were decimated. The sealing gangs shifted to extracting oil from the blubber of elephant seals (Mirounga...
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