Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

NOAA approves removal of sea lions at Bonneville Dam
bendbulliten.com ^ | 15 May 2011 | AP story

Posted on 05/15/2011 3:12:09 PM PDT by smokingfrog

PORTLAND — Oregon and Washington have been given permission to resume removing or killing California sea lions at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River, a federal agency said Friday.

The decision by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration came about six months after a federal appeals court struck down a similar permit aimed at reducing the number of threatened or endangered salmon eaten by the hungry marine mammals.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stopped the practice last year.

NOAA Fisheries officials said they believe the agency has fixed flaws the court pointed out in the original permit issued three years ago.

*-snip-*

A report in Portland’s Oregonian says the California sea lion population is healthy, estimated at 238,000, while wild Columbia River spring chinook salmon are listed as endangered.

. . . Mammals’ impact small, challengers say . . .

But Sharon Young of the Humane Society of the United States, which challenged the removal, said Friday the organization still argues the sea lions account for only a small fraction of the salmon killed while fishermen and other causes account for a much larger share.

“This is not a program that is going to do much of anything to help salmon recovery,” Young said.

The HSUS said it would study NOAA’s authorization letter and 42-page decision memo before deciding whether to challenge the practice again.

In Friday’s decision, NOAA Regional Director William Stelle said new data suggest sea lions are eating nearly 13 percent of salmon at the dam in low-return years. That’s higher than earlier Corps of Engineers estimates. Stelle said a researcher last year found sea lion injuries on 29 percent of returning salmon.

Stelle also said the Marine Mammal Protection Act allows his agency to balance “the management of and conflict between two species.”

(Excerpt) Read more at bendbulletin.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: 9thcircus; endangered; salmon
Some animals are more equal than others.
1 posted on 05/15/2011 3:12:14 PM PDT by smokingfrog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

This is a policy decision which has no business being in the courts.


2 posted on 05/15/2011 3:15:04 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

The barbarian bastards are clubbing our baby seals! Oh, wait. Never mind.


3 posted on 05/15/2011 3:15:35 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Comment #4 Removed by Moderator

To: smokingfrog
The enviro-nazis never want to show this, a sea lion in the fish ladder at Bonneville Dam.

Sea Lion in fish ladder

5 posted on 05/15/2011 3:21:07 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog
Too many cooks agencies, courts, and NGOs spoil despoil the broth public exchequer.
6 posted on 05/15/2011 3:21:07 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

They also never want to mention that they usually just bite a choice, fatal chunk out of one as it goes by, then do the same to the next, and the next, and..., rather than catching ONE and eating the entire fish.


7 posted on 05/15/2011 3:23:32 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

Why does the NOAA fall under the Agriculture Dept?

Why is this their business?

Tom Vilsack is out of control.


8 posted on 05/15/2011 3:24:38 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

About time, they kill thousands of fish andn only eat the eggs. They have been decimating the sturgeon populations.

Pray for America


9 posted on 05/15/2011 3:27:06 PM PDT by bray (Sarah is a Pa-lin the commie libs arse.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

About time, they kill thousands of fish andn only eat the eggs. They have been decimating the sturgeon populations.

Pray for America


10 posted on 05/15/2011 3:27:08 PM PDT by bray (Sarah is a Pa-lin the commie libs arse.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

a sea lion in the fish ladder at Bonneville Dam.

Obviously there is an injustice here,
Sea lions should have their own ladder
or even an escalator, why should they
have to use the ladder designed for fish.../s.


11 posted on 05/15/2011 3:27:12 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

I guess they’re too damn smart for their own good.


12 posted on 05/15/2011 3:27:18 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

Seems kind of surprising that sea lions are 146 miles inland.


13 posted on 05/15/2011 3:27:41 PM PDT by wideminded
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FReepers

Donate here!

Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2011 12:55:23 PM by Jim Robinson

Woo hoo!! We're getting ever closer to our goal!!

Our political foes were hoping this was the quarter FR finally goes under. I don't think so. Too much fight left in these old FReeper bones!!

Keep those cards and letters coming in, folks. We have not yet begun to fight!!

If you haven't made your donation yet, today would be a great day to get 'er done!!

Click the secure server link above or mail checks to:

Free Republic, LLC - PO Box 9771 - Fresno, CA 93794

Thank you very much!!

Rebellion is brewing!!

DON'T TREAD ON ME!!



14 posted on 05/15/2011 3:30:09 PM PDT by RedMDer (restoration of our honor, dignity, and freedoms will save America. - Sarah Palin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog
Vilsack is stealing Salmon for the Bears!


15 posted on 05/15/2011 3:32:10 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

Ummmm,
Blackened Sea Lion
Bar b qued Sea Lion
Smoked Sea Lion
Poached Sea Lion
Gots to taste like pork,
not Chicken


16 posted on 05/15/2011 3:32:43 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

So what does Sea Lion taste like?


17 posted on 05/15/2011 3:36:55 PM PDT by sportutegrl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

18 posted on 05/15/2011 3:37:44 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Destroyers and usurpers! Curse them!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Joe Boucher

With proper marination, it will!


19 posted on 05/15/2011 3:37:55 PM PDT by snuffy smiff (Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: wideminded

Seems kind of surprising that sea lions are 146 miles inland.>>>>>>>
They love this all you can eat buffet that we built for them. Get rid of them any way we have to. They are pests and are not endangered. They are decimating salmon, a food source


20 posted on 05/15/2011 3:38:54 PM PDT by dennisw (NZT - "works better if you're already smart")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

Bottom line: sea lions smell and do not care about private property or the fact that salmon need to spawn.


21 posted on 05/15/2011 3:48:27 PM PDT by Desdemona ( If trusting the men in the clergy was a requirement for Faith, there would be no one in the pews.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wideminded

They can swim.


22 posted on 05/15/2011 3:55:51 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Desdemona

Some guys I know caught a sea lion ages ago in Mexico and threw it in one of the guys Dads mans truck bed as a joke.

It crapped all over. They never could get that chipped out


23 posted on 05/15/2011 3:59:02 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: FReepers
A "Love Note" Sent To Jim Robinson

“I do so enjoy these money raising pleas. Too bad you kicked off so many patriots back in the day that criticizing the big spending Bush was a cardinal sin on the so called conservative free republic.

Nope, I will happily continue to freeload information from this site. If the lights go dark, well, so be it...”


F(Reeper) I(n) N(ame) O(nly)

There are those who would love to see Free Republic shut down. If you can, donate and keep the lights on.

24 posted on 05/15/2011 4:00:05 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wideminded
Seems kind of surprising that sea lions are 146 miles inland.

That's where the fish are.

apologies to Willie Sutton

25 posted on 05/15/2011 4:07:49 PM PDT by Roccus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: sionnsar

WA ping...


26 posted on 05/15/2011 4:13:39 PM PDT by The SISU kid (I feel really homesick all the time & so do all the other aliens.....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: matchgirl; ColdOne; Fred; Chattering Class of 58; SeattleBruce; tarator; 21twelve; Feasor13; ...
Thanks to The SISU kid for the ping.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Say WA? Evergreen State ping

Quick link: WA State Board

FReepmail sionnsar if you want on or off this ping list.
Ping sionnsar if you see a Washington state related thread.

27 posted on 05/15/2011 4:16:10 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|http://pure-gas.org|Must be a day for changing taglines)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: sportutegrl
If prepared right, pretty tasty.

After burying it on the beach for 9 months, it is almost indistinguishable from prime, rotted walrus!

I'm told it is an acquired tatse.

28 posted on 05/15/2011 4:36:22 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

“Oh, the hugh manatee!”

Uh, I mean, “Oh, the hugh sea lion!”


29 posted on 05/15/2011 4:36:41 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Our Constitution: the new Inconvenient Truth)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog
The only thing in the world that I like about great white sharks, is that they eat these stupid pinnipeds.


30 posted on 05/15/2011 5:41:29 PM PDT by capt. norm (Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never run out of material. c)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Desdemona
Bottom line: sea lions smell and do not care about private property or the fact that salmon need to spawn.

That's why I've actually started liking great white sharks.


31 posted on 05/15/2011 5:46:09 PM PDT by capt. norm (Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never run out of material. c)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

Every one of God’s creatures constitutes a link in the food chain.


32 posted on 05/15/2011 5:52:02 PM PDT by verity (The Obama Administration is a Criminal Enterprise.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog
"But Sharon Young of the Humane Society of the United States...said Friday (that) sea lions account for only a small fraction of the salmon killed while fishermen and other causes account for a much larger share...This is not a program that is going to do much of anything to help salmon recovery,”

Ummm... more for us and the bears.

33 posted on 05/15/2011 6:05:19 PM PDT by norton
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog
They can swim.

Did you know previously that sea lions can live in fresh water?

34 posted on 05/15/2011 7:27:59 PM PDT by wideminded
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: wideminded
Did you know previously that sea lions can live in fresh water?

Honestly? No. I was just joking around.

I knew they would hang out in brackish water but didn't know they would spend that much time in fresh water.

35 posted on 05/15/2011 8:55:19 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson