Appeals court uphold killing sea lions

river with salmon jumping

 

SALEM, Ore. — An appeals court has upheld killing sea lions that eat too many salmon.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had told NOAA Fisheries Service it needed to do a better job of explaining why it was authorizing the killing of dozens of sea lions, which are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

The court said the service examined the relevant data, and explained the rationale behind killing up to 92 sea lions a year to reduce the loss of threatened and endangered salmon.