Feds Yank OR, WA Sea Lion Killing Permit (Not That There Are Any Now At The Dam)

(JANET SEARS, NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE SPOKESWOMAN EMAIL)

We’ve informed Washington and Oregon that we’re withdrawing our letter of authorization to them to lethally remove California sea lions at Bonneville Dam. This issue is in litigation and there is no sea lion activity at Bonneville now; little activity is expected until next spring. We and the states have concluded that it’s in our collective interests to permanently suspend the letter of authorization. Instead we’ll consider a new request on the California sea lion conflict. If the states submit a new application under the MMPA, we’ll consider the request, without prejudging it. The conflict between California sea lions and salmon remains. We hope our decision will help resolve that conflict in a way that is legally and scientifically sound, and biologically effective.

 

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