Ted Williams's Blog Archive March, 2012

Sportsmen Present Testimony at Congressional Hearing on Energy

TRCP President/CEO addresses need for adequately funded energy programs
that implement leasing reforms, uphold the nation’s outdoors-dependent economy

DENVER – At a U.S. House of Representatives committee hearing this morning, Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, testified in support of adequately funded public lands energy development that integrates leasing reforms designed to conserve fish and wildlife and upholds the outdoors-dependent economies relied upon by communities across the American West.

The Humane Society of the United States and Wild Fish Conservancy File Suit to Stop Illegal Sea Lion Killing at Bonneville Dam

WASHINGTON (March 19, 2012) — The Humane Society of the United States, Wild Fish Conservancy and two individual plaintiffs filed suit in federal court, seeking to stop the National Marine Fisheries Service from once again authorizing Idaho, Washington and Oregon to kill sea lions at Bonneville Dam—as many as 460—over the next five years.

In November 2010, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit overturned a prior attempt by the agency to authorize the killing of sea lions, finding that NMFS had not properly justified its decision and that salmon populations are at greater risk from overfishing and dam operations than they are from native sea lion predation. In 2010, when the sea lions consumed less than 2 percent of the salmon run, fisheries harvested 17 percent of these same fish. In 2011, sea lions consumed just over 1 percent of the salmon run at the same time that Oregon and Washington permitted fisheries in the Columbia River to harvest as much as 12 percent of the very same run.