The unchecked Sea Lion population on the Columbia River is now consuming around 10,000 Sturgeon annually. This is a huge problem that Oregon and Washington managers need to get fixed quickly. Many of these fish are spawning brood and in any given year there are only a handful of Sturgeon capable of spawning.
Of course this problem also serves as further evidence that permanent laws and regs like ESA Listings and protections acts of all types are a really bad idea. It would be nice if this bi-product of legislation would serve as an example to law makers as they continue to try to "fix" things.
Listen to my coversation with Allen Thomas about the new data.
To look at Allen's article referred to in the conversation you can find it here