NOAA accepts applications from three states to “remove” salmon gulping sea lions at base of Bonneville Dam
Sea Lions feasting on Chinook Salmon, protected under the Endangered Species Act, are back in the cross-hairs of NOAA fisheries and other agencies and groups to determine if they should be “removed” from the base of Bonneville Dam. Salmon smolts and adults for that matter, are an important link in the ocean’s food chain, but many commercial and sports fishermen say the sea lions are out of control on rivers in Washington and Oregon. Even Idaho is complaining that voracious sea lions are severely hampering salmon stock recoveries because fish are being devoured down stream even before they can make it up stream to spawn.
The issue has gone back and forth between advocates of salmon versus advocates of sea lions. And once again, NOAA is re-opening the idea of “taking” sea lions out of the equation. The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.