My bipartisan bill to control sea lions, save salmon on the Columbia River becomes law
This bipartisan legislation authorizes
states and tribal members to lethally
remove sea lions that are predating on
endangered salmon, steelhead and other
native fish species.
California sea lions have killed the most
spring Chinook salmon and steelhead
this year than any year since
2011. Fish and wildlife experts estimate
that at the current rate, the Willamette
Winter Steelhead run faces a 90% chance
of extinction if nothing changes
(fortunately, we now have a powerful tool
to prevent extinction!).
The bipartisan bill I authored with Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) giving tribal members and government fish managers the authority to lethally remove sea lions that are decimating endangered salmon and steelhead runs was signed into law yesterday.
After 12 years of hard work by so many on this legislation, seeing it finally become law today represents a momentous step in the effort to protect our endangered salmon and steelhead runs. Today, we have reason to be optimistic that our fight to prevent the extinction of entire Northwest salmon runs, and the species that depend on them, can succeed.
I learned a lot by joining members of the
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish
Commission as they operated a sea lion
hazing boat at the Bonneville Dam
A sea lion tears into a sturgeon near the
dam. Local fishing guides told me
70-100% of the fish they land show
visible signs of a struggle with a sea lion.