House Passes Sea Lion Legislation, plus other CCA Oregon Advocacy Wins!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

This Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2083, the Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act by a vote of 288-116.  This represents a major victory in the effort to address sea lion predation in the Columbia and Willamette River basins and wouldn’t have been possible without the efforts of lead sponsors Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Battle Ground) and Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Canby), and the lobbying efforts of CCA, our coalition partners, and members like you – thank you!  It is making a difference!

In addition to Reps. Herrera Beutler and Schrader, the legislation also received the support of Oregon Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield), Greg Walden (R-Hood River), Earl Blumenauer (D-Portland), and Suzanne Bonamici (D-Beaverton).  Please consider thanking them for their support by calling their local offices or even via social media.

The focus now turns to the U.S. Senate, where last week Senators Jim Risch (R-ID) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced companion legislation (S. 3119) – another sign of the growing bipartisan support that exists for the legislation.  While Oregon’s two U.S. Senators are not yet cosponsors of the legislation, we are hopeful that they will support the effort.  Please take just a moment to call the local offices of Senators Ron Wyden (503-326-7525) and Jeff Merkley (503-326-3386) and ask them to support the bipartisan Columbia River seal lion predation legislation, H.R. 2083 and S. 3119.

Reps. Herrera Beutler and Schrader also issued a press release following the vote, which includes a quote from CCA!

CCA Oregon Continues Fight for Willamette River Hatchery Production

As you may recall, earlier this year CCA Oregon worked with state legislators to secure short-term funding to save the Leaburg Hatchery on the McKenzie River.  This state funding paved the way for ODFW to take over this facility from the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and increase production of spring Chinook to be released in the Willamette.  Oregon hasn’t built a new hatchery in decades and we all understand the need to increase production, so this was a true win-win.

CCA Oregon also recently met with senior Corps officials in Portland to discuss continued concerns about Corps’ commitment to meeting their historical hatchery mitigation responsibility in the Willamette River basin – just the latest development in a continued effort by CCA Oregon and our members.  We are pleased to report that last week every member of Oregon’s Congressional delegation sent a letter to the Corps reinforcing the importance of meeting the hatchery mitigation obligation.  This is great news! 

Modern Fish Act/Magnuson Act Reforms

As a national organization, CCA is also active in Washington, D.C. working to modernize the federal government’s approach to managing saltwater recreational fisheries, which is based on decades-old, often broken polices.  CCA is one of the leading organizations supporting the Modern Fish Act, which was included in the House of Representative’s proposal to reauthorize the Magnuson Stevens Act (H.R. 200).  That legislation is also set to be taken up by the House today.  You can learn more about this advocacy effort here.