Salmon Recovery Act Pt 1
One success was a bill to help protect salmon in the Columbia and Snake rivers from a key predator, the California Sealion. Representative Dan Newhouse says the legislation, passed in both chambers in identical form, was signed into law by the President on December 18th ...
NEWHOUSE ... "The Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act, like I said, it's bipartisan. We had folks on both sides of the aisle from the Pacific Northwest sponsoring and working to get this bill passed which I was particularly pleased with. We had a lot of people that are supporting us from Indian tribes, folks from all over the Northwest that truly see the issue of predatory sealions as a huge challenge in our effort to recover salmon."
Over the years, Newhouse says the Sealions have become such a huge problem that they had to be addressed ...
NEWHOUSE ... "This will allow the control of nonnative sealions who are wreaking havoc with our salmon population. We were able to pass this through Congress and I applaud all my colleagues in the House and Senate on a bipartisan basis to make this possible."
Newhouse says the Non-native sealions have had a severe impact on spring Chinook salmon mortality, where billions of taxpayer dollars have been spent on salmon recovery.
Tune in tomorrow for more on the bill and other problems that need attention.