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Sea Lion populations rising rapidly while Spring Chinook runs on the Columbia plunge

Sea Lions on port docks in Astoria. Courtesy photo

Sea Lions on port docks in Astoria.
NWCouncil.org photo

According to a just released NOAA study, Spring Chinook returns to the Columbia River appear to be in a steep downward spiral, while sea lion populations are rising dramatically – this in the face of hundreds of millions of dollars in salmon enhancement programs being spent every year by federal fisheries managers.

The story is in a report by the Northwest Fisheries Council. Click here.

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