Sport Fishing Shown to Have Little Effect on Orcas


bill barilko
#1
As many thought the small number of Chinook taken by sport fishermen doesn't mean much to large apex predators with a complex life cycle.

Human fishing shown to have little effect on Orcas

Read more: Human fishing shown to have little effect on orcas Kitsap Sun

SEATTLE Fishermen who catch chinook salmon in the Salish Sea probably are not depriving killer whales of a meal at least not to the extent that some people believed.

That's the preliminary conclusion of an independent panel of seven U.S. and Canadian scientists. The group was convened to figure out whether the endangered Southern Resident orca population would do better if salmon fishing were reduced or eliminated.

It is well established that the Southern Residents, which frequent Puget Sound, eat primarily wild chinook. It also appears to be true that more orca deaths have occurred during multiyear periods when chinook runs are smaller.

Clickety, Clickety



Read more: Human fishing shown to have little effect on orcas Kitsap Sun
 
Bar Sinister
#2
Whew! That's a relief. I thought the headline said Orcs.

Sorry Bill. Couldn't resist.
 

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