C021 - CecilC021 - "Cecil" taken on 5/22/2012
Photo: Kimber Hamilton / Sea Shepherd

In Loving Memory of “Cecil” C021

Champion a Condemned California Sea Lion on the Columbia River

Cecil was branded “C021” with a red hot iron by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) workers at the Port of Astoria on April 24, 2012. He was tagged with multiple tags and tracking devices. Dam Guardians with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society saw him newly branded and clearly in distress. A document released by ODFW on May 25, 2012, reports that he was “observed at the dam on 5 days in 2012 with seven documented salmonoids consumed.” On Thursday, August 30, 2012, C021 was captured on a floating dock in Astoria and killed by lethal injection for the crime of eating seven salmon.

Cecil was one of 40 California sea lions identified as “predators” by ODFW and “removed” from the Columbia River since 2008. Ten of the sea lions were placed in captivity and the rest are dead, simply because people claimed they ate too much salmon. Many more await the same fate.

Dam Guardians with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society are on the banks of the Columbia River now through the end of May 2013 to monitor this cruel and senseless cull of California sea lions. Up to 92 of these jovial dog-like marine mammals will be killed this year — and every year from now until June 30, 2016 — for the crime of eating salmon. Workers from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will painfully brand the sea lions and attach tags and tracking devices to them. If any of the branded sea lions are caught eating too much fish at the Bonneville Dam, they can be trapped and killed. The traps are now set!

Sea Shepherd urges you to take part in our effort to raise awareness about this horrible cull on the Columbia by “championing” a condemned sea lion.

Displaying its sheer disregard for the lives of these animals, the ODFW has assigned each one of them a number in an effort to make the killing process as impersonal as possible. But it is very personal —every animal has a distinct personality and is irreplaceable. When you champion a sea lion with Sea Shepherd, you will have the opportunity to give him a name. The condemned animals are primarily males who form bachelor colonies and like to haul out in Astoria or near the Bonneville Dam. To adopt a condemned sea lion “authorized for immediate removal” send an email to damguardian@seashepherd.org. Our Dam Guardian crew on the ground will do their best to photograph and provide updates on the status of the branded sea lions via our various social media channels including the Dam Guardian Campaign website, our Sea Shepherd USA Facebook page, and via Twitter @DamGuardians.

YOU can do your part by writing to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and asking him to stop the senseless cull of California sea lions at the Bonneville Dam! Please remind the Governor that several factors influence the wellbeing of salmon on the Columbia River:

Hydroelectric power (the dam) takes up to 17% of salmon
Hatcheries (fish that compete with the wild salmon for food)
Habitat (the Columbia is the 2nd most polluted river in Oregon)
Predation by non-native species
Harvest (people who are over-fishing) take up to 17% of salmon

Sea lions take less than 4%. The math doesn’t add up!

PLEASE TELL GOVERNOR KITZHABER THAT KILLING SEA LIONS DOESN’T SAVE SALMON!

 

Brand Number

Date of Branding

Name

Adopted By

Photo

C024

5/16/2012

Flipper

Brady Russell

 

C020

Killed 2014-04-15

Dewey

Allison Cabellon

 

C03

5/18/2010

Power

Alan Howard

Photo

C023

Captured 2013-04-30

Simon

Paige Nelson

 

C022

Killed 2013-04-16

Brian

Steve Jack

 

C018

Killed 2013-04-30

Will

Kazz Larkin

 

B343

not recorded

Lennon Deborah Pearson  

B353

not recorded

Vanellope David Risley  

U95

6/1/2010

Archie Ros Moore  

U26

9/18/2009

Rango Emma Daniels  

C014

4/20/2011

Watson

Lisa Miller

 

C010

3/31/2011

Barkley

Keely O'Halloran

 

C08

Captured 2013-04-30

Rogito

Carolina Henriquez

 

C07

5/26/2010

Santa

Aryanna Hall

 

C06

5/26/2010

Dave Ashley Lenton  

C02

5/4/2010

Anderson Johanna Giese  

B338

not recorded

Rainbow Nichola Sherlock   

B335

not recorded

Floppy Leonora Rios  

B333

not recorded

Antu  Christian Hochstetter  

B332

not recorded

Charlie Santina DiCaro  

B302

not recorded

Midnight Sebastien Hutton   

C963

8/7/2009

Scarlet Fire Jasmine Tribolet  

C931

5/12/2009

Farley Patricia Coffill  

C847

8/22/2008

April Alex Lewis   

5490

1999

Kee Wee

Nicky Thomas

 

B325

not recorded

Kiki Mel Tzitzileri  

B318

not recorded

Sammy Gerry Daniels  

B317

not recorded

Chumito Jimena Jara  

B308

not recorded

Webster Shelly Emans   

B307

not recorded

Simba Diane Nelson  

B301

not recorded

Paige Monia Casamatta  

C971

8/10/2009

Boo Zeleah Rhodes Green  

C930

Killed 2014-04-15

Cesare Selena Rhodes Scofield Photo

C881

9/25/2008

Finn Michelle Keegan  

B299

not recorded

Adam Clair Dart  

B297

not recorded

Dam Buster Gerry Daniels  

B298

not recorded

Bodoque Javier Arriagada   

B285

3/1/2010

Freedom Claire Louise  

B296

not recorded

Tono Paula Soto Araya  

C927

4/8/2009

Stratus Sarah Sweedland   

C795

4/26/2008

Lucas Shannon O'Halloran   

B295

not recorded

Aroha Sheri Fish   

B254

not recorded

Gage Adriana Marquez   

B31

not recorded

ATOM Macarena Bravo  

B265

9/11/2009

Edward Jyl Forsyth   

B100

not recorded

Chug John Tribolet   

C796

4/26/2008

Sammy Trish Dalahaye   

C706

5/21/2007

Optimus Ben Bell   

C147

4/1/2000

Hardy Chasity Reed  

C441

4/18/2003

Snapper Alexa Arlen   

4140

1996

Ezra Jenny White   

3341

1995

Frederick Adrienne Rothenberg   

B97

not recorded

Emilio Nicole Zuniga   

B132

not recorded

Midori Mayumi Kubo   

B40

not recorded

FOFO  Dani A. Lira Diez  

B204

not recorded

Garfio Daniela Pasten  

B81

not recorded

Jade Naomi Dutch   

B88

not recorded

RORO Claudio Pozo  

B220

not recorded

Michael Chrissie Whalen  

B47

not recorded

Diana Cheryl Stevens   

B2

not recorded

Eddy Edna Scott   

B137

not recorded

Charly Klaus Awischuetz   

B46

not recorded

Houdini Lynn Biron   

B32

not recorded

Frank John Whalen   

B214

not recorded

Dilbert Eadoin Flynn   

B63

not recorded

Jacky Jacqueline Huffermann   

B108

not recorded

Chip Keston McElhaney   

B9

not recorded

Gaia Elke Simmons   

B130

not recorded

Kahu Susan Byrum   

C652

4/16/2007

Inslee Landon Holding   

C644

4/4/2007

Kitzhaber Logan Holding   

C622

10/12/2006

Stormy Adrian Hey   

C455

5/1/2003

Renji Danay Varas   

C360

12/10/2002

Innocence Sandy McElhaney   

C379

1/31/2003

Hammer Kathleen Hughes Alexander  

C287

5/8/2002

Hunter Matt Rouzer  Photo

C390

2/10/2003

Murphy Lori Sirianni   

C257

3/15/2002

Luca Alivia Schwartz   

C444

4/25/2003

Sebastian Lilly Schwartz   

C398

2/27/2003

Belle Jennifer Mishler   

C247

2/22/2002

Baldr Aaron Hall   

C440

4/16/2003

Pinny Tristan Stock   

C322

9/23/2002

Chubby Carly Stock   

C443

4/18/2003

Reggie Andrew Lynch   

C699

5/17/2007

Cecily Jaymi Hanosh   

C192

3/12/2001

Sarah Sue Chris Burnett   

C404

3/11/2003

Norman Mo Brock   

C309

8/29/2002

Williamina Jeff Matthews   

C012

4/19/2011

Leo Pattie Spreen  

C026

4/23/2013

Rupert Ashley Lenton  

C027

Killed 2014-04-15

Oceanus Frances Holtman  

C028

Killed 2014-04-15

Proteus Graziella Garri  

C029

Killed 2014-04-15

Rocky Benjamin Bell  

C032

4/30/2013

Gavin Matt Rouzer  

C035

Killed 2014-04-15

Thery Stephan Oelgardt  

U103

8/09/2010

Zeke Carol South  

U143

9/27/2010

Andy Rachel Haight  

U169

6/01/2011

Jenny Sidney Almeida  

U254

Killed 2014-04-15

Barack Obama Brian Lochlear  

U262

Killed 2014-04-15

Ahimsa Elke Simmons  

B370

unbranded

Hodgepodge Eric Laner  

B384

unbranded

Lily Jyl Forsyth  

B385

unbranded

Ahiga Christine Hutten  

B386

unbranded

Ryan Steve Jack  

U84

Killed 2014-04-15

     

C033

Killed 2014-04-29

     

U267

Killed 2014-04-29

     

U312

Killed 2014-04-29

     

C031

Killed 2014-05-01

     

U264

Killed 2014-05-01

     

B409

Killed 2014-05-01