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Discussion of Seal Lion Issue on Public Access Television

This weeks episode of "A Growing Concern," will feature a Sea Lion discussion with members of the Sea Lion Defense Brigade.
The program will be streamed live at www.ustream.tv/growing-concern.
"A Growing Concern, is cablecast live weekly from 7 -8:00 on channel 11, repeating Saturday evening at 8:00 on channel 23 and again on Thursday at 7:00 on channel 22.

We should have time for live phone calls late in the program.

For another perspective of this controversy, the Public Access program, "Native Nations," recently featured a discussion on this issue with guests from Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission, who advocate for the hazing, removal and termination of the sea lions.
That program will repeat this Saturday, April 24th 4:00 pm Ch. 21.

homepage: homepage: http://www.sealiondefensebrigade.org/

Can't wait! 23.Apr.2010 07:53

sea lions rule

How come the Native Nations program is "another perspective" though? Don't Native people support the salmon and the sea lions in this too? I must be reading that wrong.

Not an Expert But 23.Apr.2010 18:31

Really not an expert

No one is more intense about protecting any and all of their fishing rights as the natives. I won't review their history since the white man, but they have economic, spiritual, and historical need for the salmon that is not being met. I haven't kept up with this issue lately, but it makes perfect sense to me that the natives would favor sea lion harassment. Shortsided? of course. Surprising? Sadly, no

Follow up 24.Apr.2010 09:37

Jim Lockhart jglockhart@comcast.net

Just to be clear, not all the Indigenous people are in favor of the hazing, removal and killing of sea lions. Many are not. But this is the position of the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission.

Their missions states, "The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission's mission is to ensure a unified voice in the overall management of the fishery resources, and as managers, to protect reserved treaty rights through the exercise of the inherent sovereign powers of the tribes."

I think that if the fisheries were in the condition they were in before the European invasion and Occupation, they wouldn't be in favor of killing the sea lions, as they wouldn't be a threat. This is not to agree or disagree, but just to state what I believe to be a major dynamic in their perspective.

Overfishing, past and present, is collapsing these fisheries, and people, government agencies and citizens both, seek to solve the problem without seriously changing any of the behaviors which have created it.
Hence, study after study, with no real change in how we interact with the salmon. Of course the problem persists, as long as we keep digging the same hole and refuse to admit that it is human beings who have created the problem and continue to do so.

Here's the ustream.tv link to last evenings program. I'll post a YouTube.com link when the program is uploaded.