Home > newsroom > Page
Hastings Disappointed in Decision to not Appeal Court’s Sea Lion Ruling, Will Explore Options to Protect Endangered Salmon and Taxpayer Dollars


WASHINGTON, D.C., January 21, 2011 - House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement after the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced that it will not appeal a ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that would block states and tribal entities from lethally removing California sea lions that feast on endangered salmon.

I am disappointed in the federal agency’s announcement that they will not appeal the ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. After trying all other methods, lethal removal is sometimes the only option left to stop problem sea lions. Northwest residents spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year to protect salmon and taking this important tool away from our communities means they will have to sit by while a few sea lions gorge themselves on thousands of endangered fish. This is unacceptable and I will be exploring options to address this problem.”

Last spring, California sea lions consumed more than 5,000 adult endangered salmon. As salmon populations are recovering and record runs of salmon are returning to the Columbia River to spawn, the sea lion populations have substantially increased and are growing as a threat to endangered salmon runs.

In past Congresses, Chairman Hastings introduced legislation that would create a temporary expedited process for the states of Washington and Oregon and the four Columbia River treaty tribes to obtain permits for the lethal removal of a limited number of California sea lions preying on salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River.

###

Printable PDF of this document


Contact: Jill Strait or Spencer Pederson 202-226-9019

Latest News

Speaker Appoints Members to Represent Committee Jurisdiction in House-Senate Energy Conference

Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) appointed Republican lawmakers to serve on a conference committee charged with producing final energy and natural resource legislation (H.R. 8 / S. 2012), includi...... Read more

Bishop Issues Statement on PROMESA Advancing in House

The House Committee on Natural Resources today passed H.R. 5278, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, with a bipartisan vote of 29-10. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued t...... Read more

Panel Highlights Technological Innovation in the 21st Century Mining Industry

Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on “Exploring 21st Century Mining Safety, Environmental Control, and Technological Innovation.” The new culture of col...... Read more

View All News