Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


How much does it cost to protect salmon and steelhead from sea lions below Bonneville Dam?

Washington and Oregon fish and wildlife departments have each received annual grants of $100,000 to $150,000 from the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission to support hazing and sea lion removal below Bonneville Dam. In past years, each state has also contributed approximately $15,000 for early-season hazing efforts designed to protect sturgeon, but the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission has assumed this responsibility.

The Army Corps of Engineers provides approximately $150,000 per year to document predation, haze sea lions and conduct fieldwork related to sea lion predation. This is in addition to the Corps' $3 million investment to install heavy bars and sonic devices to keep sea lions out of fishways and ladders at Bonneville Dam.

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14th of March, 2013