Statement on Endangered Salmon & Fisheries Predation Prevention Act Passage

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Washington D.C. – -(AmmoLand.com)- Last week the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation advanced the Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act (S. 3119). This proposed legislation seeks to provide needed flexibility and contains surgical and pragmatic amendments to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) that will allow states in the Columbia River Basin to balance the ongoing conservation of sea lions with that of other species that also warrant protection.

Researchers have estimated that sea lions are taking up to 45% of the spring Chinook salmon run in the Columbia basin and have concluded that if sea lion predation on these stocks is not addressed in the near future, there is a 90% probability that at least one of the winter steelhead populations will become extinct.

“Public and private stakeholders in the Columbia River basin have worked diligently for years in a collaborative effort to recover imperiled salmon and steelhead stocks in what has become a multi-billion dollar effort” stated Virgil Moore, President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Director of Idaho Fish and Game.

“Passage of S.3119 will support these partnership efforts by providing a management framework that allows fish and wildlife agencies to meet the goals of both the MMPA as well as the Endangered Species Act in a timely manner while not expanding upon the number of sea lions permitted for take under current law.”

“We thank primary sponsor Senator James Risch (R-ID) as well as cosponsor Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) for their leadership and for taking the initiative to tackle this dynamic conservation challenge in a truly bipartisan, science based, manner,” said Ron Regan, Executive Director for the Association. “We also extend our appreciation to Chairman Thune and members of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation for their support and advancement of S. 3119 to the next step in the legislative process. The swift passage of the Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act is critical to ensuring our members in Washington, Idaho and Oregon can act efficiently to prevent further decline or extinction of salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon stocks in the Columbia Basin.”


Association of Fish and Wildlife AgenciesAssociation of Fish & Wildlife Agencies

The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies represents North America’s fish and wildlife agencies to advance sound, science-based management and conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats in the public interest. The Association represents its state agency members on Capitol Hill and before the Administration to advance favorable fish and wildlife conservation policy and funding and works to ensure that all entities work collaboratively on the most important issues. The Association also provides member agencies with coordination services on cross-cutting as well as species-based programs that range from birds, fish habitat and energy development to climate change, wildlife action plans, conservation education, leadership training and international relations. Working together, the Association’s member agencies are ensuring that North American fish and wildlife management has a clear and collective voice.

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Robert Capitano
Robert Capitano
3 years ago

Another aspect that has to be addressed in this food web is the mass harvest of sardines and smaller fish that are closer to the foundation of ecosystem. These fish are harvested in mass quantity for fish oil. Recent studies on fish oil have reported no benefits to this supplement. The fish oil industry is a multi-billion-dollar industry that serves no purpose but depletes fish stocks for all species in this ecosystem.

Whodaty
Whodaty
3 years ago

I used to SCUBA dive in the San Juan Islands of WA. Before the Marine Mammal Protection Act came into play there were fish in abundance everywhere. An interested PERSON could easily find some fish for dinner. A few years after the MMPA was enacted, the reefs that were previously well populated with fish were pretty much barren of finned marine life. However, lots of seals lounging on reefs at lot tide. Me thinks that when there is direct competition for a resource between humans and beast, the human should get the upper hand, perhaps and very perhaps, mitigated by… Read more »

Whodaty
Whodaty
3 years ago

And, donate the meat to Native populations that Traditionally hunted and ate marine mammals. That way no waste and hard to argue with politically.

Colonialgirl
Colonialgirl
3 years ago

And ALL of those dams are built with fish ladders for the migrating salmon and other species to reach their spawning grounds.

James Russell Bailey
James Russell Bailey
3 years ago

Sea lions are destroying steelhead and salmon runs, because there were virtually no Predators doing their job on the sea lion populations on the Pacific coast! They could alleviate much of the problem by selling licenses to harvest sea lions based upon scientific numbers! There are too many sea lions for too few salmon! Further, salmon or a cyclical species, they run on multi-year lifecycles, and each salmon species has a different cycle. A straightforward harvesting of the sea lion population should be allowed, and used properly, will benefit both the sea lion populations and the salmon species! Further, the… Read more »

Danny Koch
Danny Koch
3 years ago

the problem is california sea lions in oregon waters. Not a native animal. Shoot them end of problem

Rob
Rob
3 years ago

Sea Lions and Salmon have coexisted for thousands of years. Sea Lions will not cause Salmon to go extinct by them selves as it would take a combination of factors to cause that scenario. What has substantially changed in the Salmon/Sea Lion environment? Yeah, the God damn f’ing dams and reservoirs on the rivers that are essential to the Salmon life cycle. Shooting Sea Lions fails to address the real problem. Predators are an essential part of the ecosystem, not unlike the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s elk and wolves issue. But the real problem is habitat loss. Just like the elk/wolves… Read more »

Big Jim
Big Jim
3 years ago
Reply to  Rob

So, lets hear your plan….

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
3 years ago
Reply to  Rob

, dams and reservoirs are essential to the human life cycle, so like the man wrote, lets hear your plan.