Ya, the nets are a HUGE problem but....I do think we need a seal cull but this is nothing but a dog and pony show. The only way the Pacific salmon populations will recover is when we ban commercial harvest/processing of wild fish. That's only going to happen when commercial interests run out of lobbying money.
People were blaming the seals and unusual water temperatures 30 years ago when we destroyed the Atlantic cod. At least we have a front row seat to watch a tragedy of the commons play out.
Market hunting has been outlawed for a century. Its time to do the same with commercial fishing.
No argument here....those in charge of managing our salmon, steelhead and sturgeon have screwed the pooch! And continue to do so in their continued march to anadromous fish extinction.I already said I'm in favor of a seal cull. They have moved into nontraditional habitats and are threatening endangered stocks. The long and the short of it is every fish not eaten by seals is just another fish on the books to be taken by commercials. Our current leadership isn't managing recovery, It's managing extinction.
That's only going to change when commercials run out of lobbying money.