States, Tribes Seek NOAA Permit To Expand Lethal Removal Of Sea Lions From Columbia River, Tributaries; Could Allow Euthanizing Up To 400 Animals Feeding On ESA Salmon, Sturgeon

June 20th, 2019

With the growing worry about sea lion predation – both California and steller – on Endangered Species Act-listed salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River basin, three states and four Native American Tribes applied last week to NOAA Fisheries to lethally remove as many as 286 California and 130 steller sea lions from the river and some tributaries.

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Quantifying Economic Costs Of Northern Pike Invasion; ‘Would Require Large-Scale Ecological-Economic Exercise’

June 13th, 2019

Economists tasked with quantifying the costs of suppressing invasive northern pike in Lake Roosevelt as well as the costs to the region if the pike escaped Grand Coulee Dam and migrated downstream, risking recovery of the Columbia River basin’s threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead, indicated at a Northwest Power and Conservation Council meeting this week that available data is too sparse to adequately answer the questions.

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Oregon Removes, Euthanizes 33 California Sea Lions At Willamette Falls; Wild Winter Steelhead Run Up Considerably

May 23rd, 2019

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife was permitted by NOAA Fisheries in November 2018 to remove and euthanize up to 93 California sea lions at Willamette Falls to protect wild runs of spring chinook and winter steelhead transiting the Falls. Both species are listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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