Skip to comments.Columbia River dilemma: Kill cormorants to save fish?
Posted on 08/08/2014 4:38:51 PM PDT by Innovative
Now, the population of the cormorants on East Sand Island has burgeoned from about 100 breeding pairs to 14,900, and a federal agency wants to have thousands of the seabirds shot to protect the fish, including some that are protected or endangered.
The birds eat lots of endangered wild fish, as well as hatchery stocks an estimated 11 million a year mainly in May as the young fish head for their years in the ocean.
In June, the corps released its plan to kill 16,000 of the birds. A public comment period has been extended to Aug. 19.
She said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would issue permits for the shooting, which would be carried out by the Wildlife Services agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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so many tricky decisions to make once you start to play God
The lack of predatory birds serves to allow the slower and weaker offspring of the fish survive.
Don’t do anything. The Cormorants will eat all the fish and then die of starvation ... problem solved. ;-)
I saw this on PBS — the young salmon are given a boat ride down river and dumped there where the cormorants are just waiting for them on their own little breeding ground.
“Cormorants” Do they taste like chicken? Or Salmon?
Nuts running the Loony Bin.
New Smyrna Beach FL (NSB) for decades was known as “The World’s Safest Bathing Beach”. Now, after they got a state net ban passed which has resulted in an abundance of baitfish inshore they prohibited commercial shark fishing within 3mi of the beach,in effect creating a marine sanctuary for sharks. Results:
Today, NSB is known as “The Shark Bite Capitol of The World”
Let’s just give the fish EBT cards. Subsidize them. Problem solved.
Definitely fish. Even in Ancient Rome, recipes for [wild] waterfowl included multiple washings in an attempt to lessen the fishiness.
If cormorants have any redeeming qualities, I don’t know what they are.
What does this hockey puck think happens on the food chain every day? What planet does he live on?
Sounds like a good place to stock with bald eagles!
Fantasia - Sorcerer's Apprentice
You can’t truck Fish and Wildlife. Most of our wildlife problems in this State can be traced back to their ineptitude. There is nothing like and educated fool.
A number of years ago, these idiots came up with the idea to open up the dams and let the rushing water in the Yakima and other rivers flush the salmon smolt to the Columbia and out to sea.
Problem, the fast, rushing water became nitrogenated, killed the fish and the dead smolt piled up behind the dams on the Columbia .
government isn’t god.
stop killing our wildlife. let’wildlife determine what wildlife survives and whats doesn’t.
this is why we are in such a mess. we think we just know how everything works and is supposed to work, but we really don’t. global warming crap. inaccurate models. using fear and false results ‘to push policy and reduce quality of life.
Best bet would be to truck EPA, NOAA, Fish & Wildlife, Interior, Agriculture, etc. personnel down to the ocean and dump them in the “protected shark area”.
There’s only one answer......sharks with frickin’ lasers on their heads.
Meanwhile, you can walk across the backs of the sea lions at the mouth of the Columbia. Which is only 5 miles wide...
When I was a kid the dreaded predator was the lamprey, that gave way to the northern pike which was introduced to kill the lamprey, which then started to eat the salmon and steelhead eggs and fry, which now has a $3/head bounty paid by the state to get rid of them.
And now the tribes are claiming that the lamprey was a ceremonial fish species so they are trying to re-establish that back into the river, all the while protecting the seals and sea lions which devour the salmon and steelhead.
You all know me. You know that I can take care of this cormorant problem for you. But, I’ll need some supplies. Get me a fly swatter, three gallons of Elmer’s glue and a Snickers bar. I missed lunch.
I’m also going to need some help. I’ll take the urologist and that kid from the grade school who can play FEELINGS with his armpit.
“The lack of predatory birds serves to allow the slower and weaker offspring of the fish survive.”
Those would be the hatchery fish that we spent so money on to raise.
They taste like salmon on the wing.
The clue here is dumping the young salmon. Cormorants and other predators can figure that out and prey on the little fish.
Who is running that operation, a bunch of dummies?
HAHAHA. This decision brought to you by bureaucrats who also killed off the seals to protect stupid fish.
If these salmon are so endangered maybe these fools can go to the grocery store. It’s always on sale.
Hey, speaking as a wharf rat, you gotta respect and admire cormorants. They're hell divers. They work for a living, hunting fish by diving deep and long, and they're always very cool to watch. They aren't like seals and sea lions, which destroy and sink boats and docks by laying on them safely as "protected" species whom the vessel and dock owners are prohibited from "molesting," nor do cormorants steal cash in the form of hooked albacore or such from boats that fish commercially, like the protected mammals do. Cormorants don't eat the tiniest fraction of fish and shellfish consumed by seals, sea lions, otters, etc., all of whose numbers on the California coast have easily quadrupled over the last 50 years.
Trying to reserve a status quo population "balance" in nature is like trying to freeze-frame an ocean wave and measuring all future waves against it: plain lunacy. Nature surges forward with zero regard to any status quo, and human attempts to "preserve" it are all vanities.