““The greatest road to extinction of salmon is all due to overpopulation of seals and sea lions” – Thomas Sewid of the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation.
Let us harvest and manage the population of seals in the Pacific Northwest.
That will be the central message carried by a group of First Nations elders to this week’s pinniped workshop in Bellingham, Washington.
The second seal & sea lion workshop addressing what needs to be done about the overpopulation is put on by Washington State Fish & Game and Canada’s Department of Fisheries & Oceans.
This workshop is part of the process addressing the call for a cull or harvest of seals and sea lions in Washington and British Columbia waters.
“Enough studies have been done…it’s now time to harvest or cull the seals and sea lions…if not we are certain to see the extinction of many salmon runs throughout the Pacific Northwest,” said Thomas Sewid, President of Pacific Balance Marine Management Inc. which is an all First Nations British Columbia group pushing for license to sell pinniped products.
“The greatest road to extinction of salmon is all due to overpopulation of seals and sea lions,” he said.”