Save a Sea Lion - BOYCOTT Columbia River Salmon!
  • Petitioned Bruce Buckmaster

This petition was delivered to:

Salmon for All
Bruce Buckmaster
Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation
Jody Calica
NOAA Marine Mammal Lab
Robert DeLong
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
Doug Hatch
American Fisheries Society
Barry McPherson
Nez Perce Tribes
Joe Oatman
Oregon Anglers
Dennis Richey
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Carl Scheeler
NOAA Fisheries
Rob Walton
Confederated Bands of the Yakama Nation
Paul Ward
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Steve Williams
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Guy Norman
Governor of Washington
Chris Gregoire

Save a Sea Lion - BOYCOTT Columbia River Salmon!

    1. The Dolphin Save Misty
    2. Petition by

      The Dolphin Save Misty

      Taiji, Japan

Is your salmon - sea lion safe? If it came from the Columbia River, it is not.

While hundreds of thousands of fishermen are encouraged to fish the Columbia River, California sea lions are being branded, hazed and killed for eating salmon.

On March 15, 2012, NOAA Fisheries issued a letter authorizing the states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho to use lethal means to remove up to 92 salmon-eating sea lions from the Bonneville Dam.  Following the release of the letter, the Humane Society of the United States filed a lawsuit and sought a temporary restraining order to prevent the killings.  The lawsuit is pending, however a federal judge denied the restraining order.  Judge James Boasberg did rule that 30 sea lions (not 92) can be killed per year and that the method of killing shall be by lethal injection.

The states claim they are removing the sea lions in an effort to protect threatened and endangered populations of salmon and steelhead. The California sea lion is a protected species under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. However, the states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho have been granted permission to remove the sea lions by NOAA –Fisheries, the federal agency responsible for managing marine animals. The authority was granted under Section 120 of the act and allows the states to use lethal and non-lethal (hazing) means to remove individual California sea lions that have been documented eating salmon or steelhead in the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam.

Oregon reports that Sport fishing generates substantial economic benefits. There were an estimated 631,000 anglers in 2008, accounting for about 8.4 million fishing days and fishing trip-related expenditures of $341.5 million state-wide. Commercial salmon fishing also contributes to Oregon’s economy. In 2010, personal income impacts of the Columbia River salmon fisheries were estimated at $9.5 million.

So, is the lethal removal of sea lions really about protecting endangered salmon, or is it about bringing the almighty dollar into state coffers, even at the expense of the LIVES of protected marine mammals?

SAVE A SEA LION - DON’T BUY SALMON THAT CAME FROM THE COLUMBIA RIVER & DON’T SUPPORT SPORT FISHING ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER.

For more on how YOU can help save the sea lions of Bonneville Dam, visit our website at: http://boycottcolumbiariversalmon.blogspot.com/ 

or follow us on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Savemistythedolphin

(photo of branded sea lion near the Bonneville Dam courtesy of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society)

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    • James Duff SONORA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Help the Dam Watchers Sea Shepherd and tell Oregon Fish and Wildlife and Washington Fish and Wildlife to stop killing California Sea Lions. Call the Oregon and Washington Governors and ask them to stop killing Sea Lions.

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    • sara brenes COCONUT CREEK, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      All animals should be treated equally- and die for a purpose, not something like this.

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    • Michelle Childs PEACETOWN, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      In this day and age, with the technology we have... there is absolutely NO REASON to kill, farm, exploit ANY ANIMAL for ANYTHING or for any reason...GO VEGAN.

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    • alanna carey BREWSTER, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I LOVE EVERY LIVING CREATURE.

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    • Amanda McLean CYNTHIANA, KY
      • over 2 years ago

      This is wrong! There's no reason to punish sea lions for eat THEIR food supply!

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