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Sea Shepherd’s Sea Lion Defense Campaign on the Columbia River

Up to 368 California sea lions face execution by Oregon and Washington state workers for the crime of eating endangered salmon on the Columbia River near the Bonneville Dam. The states are authorized to kill 92 of the federally protected pinnipeds annually through June 2016. The sea lions will be branded with hot irons, hazed with rubber bullets and explosives, and killed by lethal injection or shotgun for eating less than 4% of the salmon at the dam. All of this mayhem, conducted on the dime of taxpayers, takes place while commercial, sport, and tribal fisheries are allowed to take up to 17% of the same endangered salmon and the dam itself claims approximately 17% of adult salmon.

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CALL TO ACTION: Oppose the Planned Killing of 16,000 Cormorants Along the Columbia River CALL TO ACTION: Oppose the Planned Killing of 16,000 Cormorants Along the Columbia River
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced plans to shoot thousands of double-crested cormorants in the Columbia River Estuary beginning next year. Much like California sea lions at the Columbia River, cormorants are being targeted sim ... Read More


Oregon Officials Execute Fifteen Sea Lions at the Bonneville Dam Oregon Officials Execute Fifteen Sea Lions at the Bonneville Dam
Commentary By Sandy McElhaney, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
April 2014 was a record-setting month at the Bonneville Dam. On April 30th, 17,972 salmon passed through the Dam’s fish ladders. This was the third-highest single-day fish count at the Dam since 2002. With current projections of a salmon ... Read More


The Disgusting Truth Behind the Decline of Salmon in the Columbia River The Disgusting Truth Behind the Decline of Salmon in the Columbia River
Commentary by Dam Guardian Aaron Hall
In 2012 and 2013, Sea Shepherd's Dam Guardians stood on the front lines documenting the horrible atrocities that occur in the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho because of a federal program that allows these states to remove up to 92 Ca ... Read More


Dam Guardian Campaign Update Dam Guardian Campaign Update
In 2012, Sea Shepherd established the Dam Guardian Campaign to monitor the senseless cull of federally protected sea lions on the Columbia River. Up to 92 of these jovial dog-like marine mammals could be potentially killed this year — and ... Read More