It's more like a perfect storm. Marine mammals, commercial-tribal-sport harvests, global warming (blob) and habitat. No one issue will solve the problem.
We get it, we get it, you don't like seals, most of us don't, but it is continual hyperbole to spout that they are the problem when they are simply part of the problem.I'm certain that in the process of extinction there is a final blow, the sea lions were in fact the final blow for the steelhead run in the Cedar River. The run sustained it self for many years and then came Herschel and his buddies now there are none.
Never good at this I.D. but got this out of the Cedar this summer. Looked more like a steelhead than a rainbow to me. Thoughts?The Cedar River steelhead run is extinct because of predation from the sea lions at the Ballard locks. I think they would make beautiful fur coats.
That very well could be a fish that spent some time in the salt. There are some Cedar fish (bigger ones) that show indications they go to the salt for a little and come back late summer. Sort of hybrid rainbow-summer steelhead thing.