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house Bill H.R. 2083

Letting Pacific Northwest States & Tribes Kill 100 More Sea Lions a Year to Protect Endangered Salmon

Argument in favor

California sea lion populations in the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River system are growing as they feast on endangered salmon and steelhead. Giving states and tribes 100 more permits to kill sea lions from non-threatened populations will help improve the chances of those endangered fish surviving.

davidf's Opinion
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06/26/2018
I support this bill with reluctance. While the sea lion population needs management, there are 4 dams on the Columbia River that need to be removed and other steps that need to be taken to protect the salmon and steelhead population in the Columbia. This bill does not go far enough as it does not address those issues.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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06/26/2018
EDIT: My initial reaction was wrong. Having read the scientific studies and the full text, Please vote IN FAVOR of this bill. The damns are still a issue, but this is actually carefully designed management. The summery here is really insufficient. Click the link and read that.
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LookingatLaw's Opinion
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06/26/2018
When reading this bill. I can't say I oppose much of it. I live in the PNW and the salmon population has been an issue since I can remember. I think this is more of a band-aid than a solution, but the solutions are coming... maybe some dam removals in the future? If we can mitigate until then I think its worth taking a look at.
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Argument opposed

States and tribes already have sufficient means to lethally take sea lions, issuing more permits to kill them isn’t going to save endangered salmon and steelhead. Sea lion predation is a small part of salmon and steelhead mortality compared to the Columbia River dams and fishing pressure from humans.

singinghawk926's Opinion
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06/26/2018
My problem with this bill can be found in the first sentence of the summary: “NOAA permits issued under this bill would be exempt from environmental review requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act for five years..”. I am opposed to any bill that eliminates established government oversight of the process or issue that the bill applies to!
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Bernard's Opinion
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06/26/2018
This will open the door to weakening the Marine Mammal Protection act, which will be used as prescedent by the industrial fishing concerns and oil companies to weaken it further.
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Erin's Opinion
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06/26/2018
No, simply because this law would be exempt from following environmental protection laws, and the EPA would have no ability to enforce environmental laws. Protect the environment, if it’s unprotected then the fish will not survive, and the hunting of sea lions will be for not.
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    I support this bill with reluctance. While the sea lion population needs management, there are 4 dams on the Columbia River that need to be removed and other steps that need to be taken to protect the salmon and steelhead population in the Columbia. This bill does not go far enough as it does not address those issues.
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    My problem with this bill can be found in the first sentence of the summary: “NOAA permits issued under this bill would be exempt from environmental review requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act for five years..”. I am opposed to any bill that eliminates established government oversight of the process or issue that the bill applies to!
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    This will open the door to weakening the Marine Mammal Protection act, which will be used as prescedent by the industrial fishing concerns and oil companies to weaken it further.
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    EDIT: My initial reaction was wrong. Having read the scientific studies and the full text, Please vote IN FAVOR of this bill. The damns are still a issue, but this is actually carefully designed management. The summery here is really insufficient. Click the link and read that.
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    Tribes only.
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    No, simply because this law would be exempt from following environmental protection laws, and the EPA would have no ability to enforce environmental laws. Protect the environment, if it’s unprotected then the fish will not survive, and the hunting of sea lions will be for not.
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    When reading this bill. I can't say I oppose much of it. I live in the PNW and the salmon population has been an issue since I can remember. I think this is more of a band-aid than a solution, but the solutions are coming... maybe some dam removals in the future? If we can mitigate until then I think its worth taking a look at.
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    This needs to not happen. This is another attempt to curb environmental oversight.
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    Congresswoman Beutler’s bill is overlooking the obvious solution to the problem: Removal of the (4) obsolete dams. Issuing only 100 permits to the six tribes will only provide a small bandaid to problem.
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    No agency that refuses science should be making regulations.
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    fix the problem, don’t just treat the symptom. deal with the dams first!
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    Mans involvement in nature has never been a positive thing despite intention.
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    California sea lion populations in the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River system are growing as they feast on endangered salmon and steelhead. Giving states and tribes 100 more permits to kill sea lions from non-threatened populations will help improve the chances of those endangered fish surviving.
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    Remove the following ”NOAA permits issued under this bill would be exempt from environmental review requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act for five years.”
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    We do not have enough information for yea or nay. To all you out there with your biased political agendas please seek out and watch the documentary titled “The Serengeti Rules”. You will become informed, enlightened, and hopeful regarding the planets future. Politicians and Government Bureaucrats are the problem not the solution!
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    H.R. 2083 Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act I support and recommend passage of the bill H.R. 2083 Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act which would authorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to issue permits letting states and Indian tribes kill up to 100 sea lions in the Columbia River system per year that threaten endangered salmon and steelhead, among other fish species. Permits could only be issued if the sea lions are part of a population that isn’t depleted and would be valid for one year. Non-lethal means of sea lion deterrence, such as hazing and removal, have proven ineffective as sea lions’ presence in the Columbia River system (especially near its dams) has grown and states have limited lethal removal authority. H.R. 2083 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments. The bill would authorize the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho and Specifically, permits would be issued in addition to the following Indian tribes: * The Nez Perce Tribe; * The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation; * The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon; * The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation; * The Cowlitz Indian Tribe; * The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. to use lethal force against sea lion predators that threaten important Northwest fish resources. California sea lion populations in the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River system are growing as they feast on endangered salmon and steelhead. Giving states and tribes 100 more permits to kill sea lions from non-threatened populations will help improve the chances of those endangered fish surviving. 6*25*18 .....
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    Do you know the damage that would occur if you removed those dams? Of course you don’t. That would cause more environmental damage that would affect so many other animals and people all the way to the ocean.
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    This is a case where the locals know their area and know best. Vote with them.
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    Too often we “humans” have imposed on the natural way of things, and look at the mess we have created. Carp, a fish which “scientists” introduced, is a major fishing issue for the mid-west and that problem is consistently growing. The stories are too massive to count. The salmon issue is a water quality issue. Humans are killing salmon at a more alarming rate than sea lions. How are we going to fix the human problem that created this mess?
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    Too many questions come to mind to say Yay or Nay to this one....Q: Why are salmon so depleted? How many fishing permits are given out to population during a regular season? ( I have seen videos of people practically cheek by jowl fishing with 100s if not 1000s of people fishing every year) Q: What has brought sea lions to this area in unprecedented #s?......Climate change?.....Over fishing in areas where they used to live? Q: Why would NOAA permits be exempt from environmental review requirements of Nat. Environmental Policy Act for 5 years...slot can happen in 5 years! (Just see what's happened to our country in 3 1/2 years!)....There are many other dangers to salmon and unnamed fish listed in the article and put forward by those against this Act.....Q: What is being done to address these issues?......Finally, my congressman Paul Mitchell voted FOR this one...a Red flag if I ever saw one.....no pun intended.
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