We've all heard about the giant islands of floating trash in both the Atlantic and Pacific. These photographs of albatross chicks were made in September 2009 on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.
The U.S. Humane Society has taken their case against the lethal removal of Columbia River sea lions to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
An appellate panel on Nov. 6 focused almost exclusively on the contention that the federal government illegally scapegoated salmon-eating California sea lions by allowing their lethal removal from the Columbia River even while endorsing activities that cause greater fish mortality.
Looks like they might have an argument.
Despite the removal of 25 sea lions by lethal measures, or one way tickets to Sea World, sea lion salmon consumption actually went up this year below Bonneville Dam.
Water releases from Ruedi Reservoir made fishing the Pan virtually impossible for 6 weeks this summer and there could be more of the same in the future.
Mark Fuller, director of the Ruedi Water and Power Authority, said the releases were handled differently this year than over the last decade or so. The flow in the Fryingpan River is generally maintained at 250 cubic feet per second during summer months. It has rarely exceeded 300 cfs during summers and if it did, it was only for a day or two, he said.
This year the flow in the Fryingpan topped 250 cfs the week of July 29 and kept climbing. It topped 400 cfs by Aug. 12 and 500 cfs by Aug. 19. Flows didn't drop below 250 cfs until the week of Sept. 9.
Flows above 250 cfs make most of the Fryingpan River inaccessible for anglers.
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