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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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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


Sea Shepherd Calls for the Immediate Removal of Sea Lion “Researcher” Sea Shepherd Calls for the Immediate Removal of Sea Lion “Researcher”
On February 18, 2010, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued Permit No. 13430 to the National Marine Mammal Laboratory for “research activities” on marine mammals: ... Read More


Congressional Committee Holds Hearing on Sea Lion Killing Bill Congressional Committee Holds Hearing on Sea Lion Killing Bill
On Thursday, June 13, 2013, a House Subcommittee held a hearing on HR 1308, “The Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act,” but a closer look at the proposed legislation suggests the real title should be the “Sea Lion ... Read More