We call upon Roy Elicker, Director of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to reverse the decision to make use of both lethal and non lethal methods regarding sea lions at Willamette Falls.
The decline in fish stocks should not be laid squarely on the sea lions who account for less than 4% of fish loss. A variety of factors, including commercial fishing operations, pollution, global warming and habitat loss are all factors that need to be accounted for.
In 2005 the NMFS found that the annual take of up to 17% of salmon by fishermen had only “minimal adverse effects” on stocks in the Columbia River.
We therefore feel that there is no need for any such hazing or killing of sea lions. Rather, these animals should be afforded the full benefits provided to them under the US Marine Mammal Protection Act.
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