Lawmakers Debate The Mass Killing Of Sea Lions In The Pacific Northwest

Photo: Oregongirlmary (CC)

Photo: Oregongirlmary (CC)

Kill the sea lions to save the salmon? The Raw Story reports:

A House Natural Resources Committee panel is holding a hearing this morning about the Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act (HR 946), which, under its tame-sounding official name, would authorize tribal members in the Pacific Northwest to kill sea lions to allow the endangered wild salmon to replenish in the Columbia River.

“As Northwest residents spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year to protect salmon, California sea lions camp out at Bonneville Dam and other areas along the Columbia River and gorge themselves on endangered fish,” Natural Resources Committee chairman Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) explained in a statement last month.

The National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration in May authorized “lethal” removal of sea lions on the 140-mile stretch of the Columbia River in Oregon and Washington below the dam.

“This is not an easy decision for our agency to make, but a thorough analysis shows that a small number of California sea lions preying on salmon and steelhead are having a significant effect on the ability of the fish stocks to recover,” William W. Stelle Jr., Northwest regional administrator for NOAA’s Fisheries Service, said in a statement recommending lethal removal of sea lions in the region.

[Continues at The Raw Story]

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  • Guest

    Essentially…because the sea-lions have to eat in order to survive, we’re gonna bring them down to help the salmon population rise. This would work in a normal predator/prey relationship, but it won’t here because salmon haven’t become endangered from a sea-lion population, they’ve become endangered from the pollution in the water. Salmon are usually good indicators of how “clean” a water source is because of their sensitivity to pollutants. And I think they took water from the river the salmon breed in and gave it to the farmers (not entirely sure). In my opinion, it would be so much better to kill the people who caused this than some sea-lions. Since when did the indians want to kill sea-lions? They only wanted to fish the salmon, in a non-commercial way, because it was part of their culture. Looks like the white man failed to understand the natives again…bastards.

    • Grooveboss

      yeah this is true, i just started an aquarium hobby and the water conditions change the health of the fish so fast. not much room for error in the water chemistry 

  • Guest

    Essentially…because the sea-lions have to eat in order to survive, we’re gonna bring them down to help the salmon population rise. This would work in a normal predator/prey relationship, but it won’t here because salmon haven’t become endangered from a sea-lion population, they’ve become endangered from the pollution in the water. Salmon are usually good indicators of how “clean” a water source is because of their sensitivity to pollutants. And I think they took water from the river the salmon breed in and gave it to the farmers (not entirely sure). In my opinion, it would be so much better to kill the people who caused this than some sea-lions. Since when did the indians want to kill sea-lions? They only wanted to fish the salmon, in a non-commercial way, because it was part of their culture. Looks like the white man failed to understand the natives again…bastards.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Remember: When you dam a river, you damn a river.

  • Anarchy Wolf

    Remember: When you dam a river, you damn a river.

  • Grooveboss

    yeah this is true, i just started an aquarium hobby and the water conditions change the health of the fish so fast. not much room for error in the water chemistry 

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