Scene in Edmonds: Salmon poachers

Photographer Bill Anderson went down to the fishing pier Saturday, where he saw the Point Edwards eagles poaching salmon from sea lions far out in the Sound. Using a telephoto zoom, “You could not see the eagles or sea lion with the naked eye,” Anderson said, “but you could tell where the action was taking place by the large cloud of gulls and other birds that were following the sea lions.”

You can read Anderson’s complete narrative at this link.

  1. Seal and sea lion populations keep increasing in Puget Sound. Salmon and bottom fish are being negativly impacted due to this incease and the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act that protects them. Some of the Chinook salmon they are eating are endangered wild stock fish that sport fishermen are required to release unharmed. For many years there has been no sport fising allowed for bottom fish that need to recover. The seals and sea lions are consuming large numbers of fish each day, including fish that are protected. The only natural seal and sea lion preditors in Puget Sound are transient Killer Whales that live in coastal waters and occasionally feed in Puget Sound. The residant Killer Whales only eat salmon.

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