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hobster

Well-known member
#1
Received this email from Northwest Steelheaders today:
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[TD] [h=1]A Big Step Forward for Threatened Salmon and Steelhead[/h] [/TD]
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[TD]ODFW announced on Thursday that it has received permission from NOAA to lethally remove sea lions below Willamette Falls. This is significant progress towards rebuilding ESA-listed steelhead and salmon runs in the Willamette Basin. But, our work is far from over. Sea lions are one of many problems our threatened Willamette river winter steelhead and spring Chinook face, so this is welcome news that may provide some immediate relief while we push for federal legislation that will allow ODFW to proactively address pinniped predation at Willamette Falls and the growing threat of sea lions preying on spawning grounds in the tributaries like the Clackamas, Sandy, and Cowlitz rivers.

The Northwest Steelheaders and many others groups have been supporting ODFW's efforts to obtain this authorization for a long time. Collectively and individually, our groups pushed for reform to protect our fish, and thanks to those concerted efforts, we're almost there on this issue. A special thanks goes out to the Steelheaders own Norm Ritchie, who served on the federal Willamette Basin Sea Lion Task Force.

Our work is not yet done. Please continue to urge your federal elected representatives to pass pending legislation allowing ODFW to proactively manage sea lion predation on threatened salmon and steelhead. In Congress, a bill to allow lethal removal of sea lions has already passed the House, and two competing bills have yet to be voted on in the Senate. Urge your senators to come together to get one of the two through Congress. Wild winter steelhead will soon be returning to the Willamette Basin, and sea lions won't wait for parliamentary procedure.

Continued support from members and the fishing public make the successes possible. Without your support we never would have made it this far. Thank you!
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hobster

Well-known member
#2
Not sure why the text is all wacky, sorry about that. Here is the most important sentence:

ODFW announced on Thursday that it has received permission from NOAA to lethally remove sea lions below Willamette Falls
 

hobster

Well-known member
#8
Latest from NW Steelheaders:

We must get Congress to pass a more comprehensive solution to the sea lion problem in the Columbia River and its tributaries. We have gotten
approval
for removal of up to 93 sea lions from the Willamette Falls area through our representation on the
Willamette Falls Pinniped Taskforce
and went to Washington DC three times this spring to advocate for an amendment to the Marine Mammal Protection Act. That amendment would not only address the current crisis at Willamette Falls, but would also address the growing problems in the Sandy, Cowlitz, Lewis, Washougal, Clackamas, and mainstem Columbia above the I-205 bridge we're seeing with both California AND Stellar sea lions. Stellar sea lions killing broodstock sturgeon are also targets for removal.
 

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