Sea Lions

Sea lions are pictured on Whale Rocks off San Juan Island on Nov. 29, 2022. Record numbers of seals and sea lions have increased their predation on salmon, likely hindering the recovery of struggling salmon populations in the Salish Sea.

As state officials raise the issue of whether to consider the removal of sea lions and seals for the sake of reviving endangered salmon populations, research continues on the mammals’ impacts.

In November, a Washington State Academy of Sciences report on pinniped predation was released. Pinnipeds are a category of mammals that includes sea lions and seals.

— Reporter Emma Fletcher-Frazer:, 360-416-2199, Twitter: @Emma_SVH

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