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Jaime Herrera Beutler’s Bill to Protect Salmon and Steelhead Approved by Congressional Committee

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Washington, DC, July 26, 2017 | comments
Today, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s bipartisan bill to improve the survival of endangered salmon, steelhead and other native fish species in the Columbia River system just got one step closer to becoming law. The bill, Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act, advanced through the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee. The next step will be a vote on the U.S. House floor.
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Today, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s bipartisan bill to improve the survival of endangered salmon, steelhead and other native fish species in the Columbia River system just got one step closer to becoming law. The bill, Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act, advanced through the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee. The next step will be a vote on the U.S. House floor.

“As long as sea lions continue to overpopulate the Columbia River and decimate our salmon and steelhead populations, I will work to protect our fisheries,” said Jaime. “I am pleased to see our efforts to promote salmon recovery moving forward.”

The legislation provides tribal managers and government fish managers with the means to remove limited numbers of sea lions from specific areas where they are posing the most harm.

*For more info on the bill: Reps. Herrera Beutler and Schrader Introduce Bill to Protect Endangered Salmon and Steelhead on the Columbia River

*Salmon vs. Sea Lions:

·         The consumption of salmon and steelhead by sea lions has grown nearly five-fold over the last 4 years – from 1,402 fish in 2013 to 6,371 in 2016.

·         Protecting salmon populations helps secure a future for recreational fishing in Washington state – an industry that contributes 4,811 jobs, generates $498 million in sales and contributes $361 million to the state’s gross domestic product (2014 statistics). 

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