Spring Season’s Last Sea Lion Predation Report: In May, Steller Numbers At Bonneville Dam Similar To Last Year, California Sea Lions Way Down

June 26th, 2019

The number of the larger steller sea lions searching for dinner in the Bonneville Dam tailrace was about the same for May this year as the numbers observed last year in May. However, the number of California sea lions has dropped this year.

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NOAA Fisheries Adopts New Plan For West Coast Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management

June 25th, 2019

When an unusually strong marine heat wave warmed the ocean off the West Coast from late 2014 to 2016, the effects reverberated through the marine ecosystem. One of the telltale changes was in copepods, tiny crustaceans that provide essential food for juvenile salmon as they first enter the ocean. Instead of energy-rich copepods that help the fish grow quickly, leaner copepods with less energy began to dominate. That left young salmon facing tougher odds in the ocean.