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To protect salmon in the Columbia, will we have to kill more sea lions?

To protect salmon in the Columbia, will we have to kill more sea lions?


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To protect salmon in the Columbia, will we have to kill more sea lions?

The Sacramento Bee ^

| July 06, 2018
| Ryan Sabalow

Posted on 11/27/2018 10:28:29 AM PST by Tilting

The dam straddles Oregon and Washington, and the sea lions’ voracious eating there affects fish populations in both states, as well as in Idaho and elsewhere.

Biologists have tried transporting the sea lions to other locations, but they just keep coming back. Other strategies, such as constructing barriers, shooting the animals with rubber buckshot and scaring them with firecrackers, have had little effect.

States currently are allowed to lethally remove 93 animals each year, but fisheries managers, tribal officials and others argue that’s not enough.

Now, a bill that would give states the latitude to kill several hundred more sea lions each year along the Columbia has moved closer than ever to becoming law.

In late June, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution 2083, which would amend the 46-year-old Marine Mammal Protection Act to allow for state fisheries managers and tribal officials to kill as many as 930 sea lions a year on the Columbia and its tributaries to protect beleaguered fish populations.

The bill has bipartisan support in the Pacific Northwest, where commercial and recreational fishing pumps billions of dollars each year into regional economies, and fish numbers have been on a dramatic decline.

(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: salmon; seals





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Yes, the article is months old. I don’t quite understand this. Sea lions are on the increase after nearing extinction numbers. Salmon are on the decline after record numbers about 5 years ago. Natives and sports fishermen along with the salmon industry are calling to thin the seal herds to save the salmon. Congress recently passed a law allowing shooting a higher number of seals and then locals can’t understand why seals are being shot and the shootings are being investigated. Did not Congress tell the locals that it is okay now to shoot seals to save the salmon?

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posted on
11/27/2018 10:28:29 AM PST
by
Tilting


To: Tilting

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posted on
11/27/2018 10:32:26 AM PST
by
ClearCase_guy
(If White Privilege is real, why did Elizabeth Warren lie about being an Indian?)


To: ClearCase_guy

What do sea lions taste like?…. You beat me by this *. .* much..Im thinking fish. its most of their diet.


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posted on
11/27/2018 10:36:20 AM PST
by
Ikeon
(Sadly, the sheep just voted a wolf as the head chef in their own house. whats for dinner? mutton)


To: ClearCase_guy

Is sea lion tasty?

Maybe we can start to organize the sea monkeys so that they will go on sea lion big-game hunts…


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posted on
11/27/2018 10:36:28 AM PST
by
BlueLancer
(Orchides Forum Trahite – Cordes Et Mentes Veniant)


To: Tilting

Worked on an albacore boat out of San Pedro, Cal one summer many years ago. Boss absolutely loathed sea lions. He saw them as thieves of HIS fish.


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posted on
11/27/2018 10:42:03 AM PST
by
hanamizu


To: ClearCase_guy

I can’t find a thing regarding what they are good for.


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posted on
11/27/2018 10:43:54 AM PST
by
knarf
(I say things that are true; I have no proof …. but they’re true.)


To: Tilting

Just bring in more Great White Sharks.


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posted on
11/27/2018 10:46:20 AM PST
by
Rebelbase


To: BlueLancer

My bro and I thought of buying them…but then we thought of all the goldfish we managed to “croak”.

We got the goldfish for free at the fair doing ring toss.


To: knarf

I’ve seen pictures of a coat. Also saw a picture of an indigenous kid with a head-shot one. I’ve read that the local indigenous people used to make robes from them…and smelled like it.


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posted on
11/27/2018 11:02:28 AM PST
by
gundog


To: Sacajaweau

They’re brine shrimp. Good goldfish food.


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posted on
11/27/2018 11:03:15 AM PST
by
gundog


To: knarf

And there are 2 species of sea lions, here. Steller’s and the surplus male population of the California Sea Lion. The latter are far more numerous, but I hear that the Stellers are a bigger problem at the dams.


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posted on
11/27/2018 11:05:25 AM PST
by
gundog


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