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salmonid
04-18-2014, 07:59 PM
California sea lion eating a salmon
http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/SeaLion/images/sealion_gobbeling_salmon.jpg


A total of six California sea lions known to frequent the lower Columbia Riverís Bonneville Dam in the past and feast on spring chinook salmon were trapped this week and euthanized as a part of a state plan to reduce predation on fish stocks that are protected under the Endangered Species Act...

Read more here: Spring Ritual: States Begin Trapping, Euthanizing Sea Lions Feasting On Chinook At Bonneville Dam (http://www.cbbulletin.com/430459.aspx)

JB14
04-19-2014, 11:03 AM
Good news!


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salmonid
04-19-2014, 11:06 AM
For sure!


Good news!

Reel Fun
04-19-2014, 07:17 PM
That's the first law I have seen from outside of CA that DFW needs to "copy"!!!

LURKER916
04-19-2014, 07:35 PM
Would be nice to see the Sacramento fur bag free. But don't hold your breath.


Matt

drinkinbuddy
04-19-2014, 07:44 PM
I wonder if there's enough people with an Eskimo background/race locally that could petition that hunting them in the Sac river is an expression of their heritage. ...just sayin...lol

Jetspray
04-21-2014, 07:28 AM
I wonder if there's enough people with an Eskimo background/race locally that could petition that hunting them in the Sac river is an expression of their heritage. ...just sayin...lolMost of them hunt seals/sealions for food source, hydes, and other uses. I'm just sayin'

ThatOneGuy?
04-21-2014, 08:14 PM
I wonder if there's enough people with an Eskimo background/race locally that could petition that hunting them in the Sac river is an expression of their heritage. ...just sayin...lol

I got a Inuit buddy whom I fish with often. Every time we see the fur bags out on the Sac, I swear to god he would always tell me that if only the Sac was a tribal reserve... Now then that would be a different story and last time he gave me some seal jerky after his trip to Canada and I swear it taste just like fatty beef!

heatsource
04-21-2014, 08:26 PM
Humane society version of the story for counter point...lol
(article makes me think of those pooor foxes in the man made hen house)

By: HSUS
April 18, 2014 - This week, six California sea lions were killed at Bonneville Dam in the Columbia River simply for doing what comes naturally – eating fish. Under a permit issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service, the states of Oregon and Washington used lethal injections to kill these sea lions, who were branded and marked for death in 2013.

Sharon Young, marine wildlife protection field director for The HSUS said: "Killing a sea lion won't help salmon recovery. Sea lions come and go from the Dam. Killing them simply distracts from the fact that the major factors affecting salmon recovery remain largely unaddressed. This lethal program costs tax payers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year and wastes not only that money but the lives of the sea lions whose deaths accomplish nothing."

State managers have predicted a spring salmon return of 227,000 fish in the Columbia River Basin. Under a court-approved quota system, commercial, recreational and tribal fishermen would be allowed to take up to 12 percent of these fish. Although state and federal fishery managers consider this level sustainable, the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho have claimed that salmon predation by sea lions at Bonneville Dam – which averaged less than one percent over the last three years – is unacceptable and requires immediate lethal reprisals.

Facts

- A number of factors are responsible for the decline and slow recovery of salmon in the Columbia. These include dams that block passage and kill fish, ocean and river salmon fishing levels, habitat that is degraded and hatchery operations that release fish that both eat and compete with native salmon.
- Non-native bass and walleye maintained to benefit sport fishermen eat up to 2 million young salmon in the Columbia River each year.
- According to NMFS policy, a sea lion is deemed "predatory" and marked for death if the animal is individually identifiable, seen on any five days at the Bonneville Dam and is observed eating at least one fish on one of those five days. Up to 92 of these sea lions can be killed in a single year.
- The Army Corps of Engineers, which monitors predation at Bonneville Dam, found that the sea lions at the Dam one year are often different individuals than those there in previous years. Killing sea lions is pointless because new sea lions come even as others are killed.
- In the most recent bi-annual Report to Congress, the National Marine Fisheries Service reported that all of the spring runs affected by sea lion predation are either stable or increasing.

Oregonians, ask Gov. Kitzhaber to call off this killing and Washingtonians, ask Gov. Inslee to call off this killing.

salmonid
04-21-2014, 08:37 PM
Thanks for the posting the counter point, heat, it is interesting to read.

Of course if it weren't for man made dams creating choke points for fish, the sea lions wouldn't be up that far in the river. Until Bonny is removed there is gonna be controversy.

"Mitigation" can be a beotch.


Best,


This week, six California sea lions were killed at Bonneville Dam in the Columbia River simply for doing what comes naturally – eating fish.

oregondragonfly
04-22-2014, 04:36 AM
they are ''SEA'' lions and any one of them past the I-5 bridge should be fair game so the others won't follow. A select few likely followed up runs of smelt and then learned about the lovely man-made buffet below Bonneville and the Willamette falls.
salmon aren't the only fish on there menu, sturgeon are also being decimated now that they know how to go after them. give the people that want to save them a year to move them after that put a bounty on the rest. they don't need to be 150 miles inland in fresh water killing fish that are endangered, even one fish saved puts 100s of eggs and fry that could make it back to spawn some day. dfly
Sturgeon Fishing Columbia River Gorge SeaLion - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwmD4ejBW24)

salmonid
04-25-2014, 06:38 PM
Update:

Seven More California Sea Lions Captured Below Bonneville Dam, Four Euthanized
Posted on Friday, April 25, 2014 (PST)

Trapping led by the states of Oregon and Washington below the Columbia Riverís Bonneville Dam continued this week with seven California sea lions captured Tuesday.


Seven More California Sea Lions Captured Below Bonneville Dam, Four Euthanized

(http://www.cbbulletin.com/430574.aspx)

Kaban12
04-25-2014, 08:32 PM
Get the one that always swims by Verona please.


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