I bet they make good lobster bait. And maybe serve as a natural repellent for the others.Can't we anglers insist on DFW creating a season for these crestures? Even if all we eat are their optic nerves or eyelids it would allow us to harvest the majority of them within 5 years.
When I was in China they chased down rats too.I have a millennial guy on my work team who grew up in a small village in China. He’s on a quest to eat exotic dishes made from endangered animals. Keeps bugging me about getting him some Bear Paw from Montana. He also wants to eat those endangered giant salamanders (they farm raise them now). He freely admits that if the animal is a Chinese delicacy, they will eat them into extinction. To his credit, he says the shark fin soup is overrated and he won’t order it due to the harvest cruelty. I keep trying to convince him that sea lion is a delicacy.
Did this happen inside the harbor? Was it Newport Harbor? I’ve had pups try to climb in my yak to get cut squid in that harbor.The MMPA needs to be changed. I had an experience over the summer with a deal knocking my kayak over to get the live bait that I had just purchased. This was actually one of the few times I had been out there alone. Usually I’m with my son so just to think that he had been out there with me is enough to make me anxious. And event like that would be enough to scar any kid into never going fishing again. Besides when it flips a yak it makes you think about how scared of humans they really are? If they are this bold against humans why are they protected when they are potentially dangerous. They Newport bait barge has to change or repair their predator nets around the bait pens 1-2 times every season. These thing are out of control. Besides we all saw the girl get pulled in off a dock in the northwest. Yet congress is more concerned about pissed of animal right activists than human safety. I mean WTF. But the rubber bullet thing is interesting.
Sorry, I thought you were talking about the homeless drug addicts for a second there. Carry on.Like it or not fishermen are a minority and the vast majority tourists and visitors adore them. Business owners that are tourist based and not fishing related seem them as a boon to their businesses. Here is part of an article just publised:
SAN FRANCISCO — Sea lions are increasingly living in parallel universes along the California coast, a disparity best observed amid the noisy, stinking spectacle that rolls out daily at San Francisco’s Pier 39 shopping center.
There, hundreds of these enormous, mostly male California sea lions bark, defecate, urinate and regurgitate, but they are immensely popular with tourists. As a result, the blubber boys are treated like royalty.
“The sea lions are a godsend: a natural attraction that’s phenomenal for business,” Sheila Chandor, Pier 39 harbormaster,
This sentiment prevails up and down the coast. They are seen as a bonus! So barring some catastrophic phenomenon reducing their population fishermen will get to deal with them like it or not!
I remember Dr Ross dog food, but do not remember sea lions being an ingredient. We should return to those times. I was born in ‘62.Most on this forum are likely not old enough to remember DR ROSS DOG FOOD. The prime ingredient was California Sea Lion. The company purchased animals that were by-catch from the many commercial fishing enterprises that were based in San Pedro in the 50s and 60s as well as they had their own boat that specifically targeted them. One of the owners of the company was a legend in the sportfishing industry.
LA is trying to catch up, but right now SF gets top honors for policies that destroy the quality of life for law abiding tax payers. But, to keep the lead, SF will not enforce public urination statutes, or anything else that is a nuisance to the homeless -- I suppose that include deification, and we know it includes shooting up and tossing the AIDS and hepatitis infected needle where a law abiding tax payer can get infected. Even so, I have faith in our fearless local (LA) leaders -- they will come up with something to show they care more about the homeless.Oh that's right because San Francisco is the only city with a homeless drug addict problem.
I did not mean this to become a debate about homeless my original comment was about Pier 39 and other city cultivating tourism using Sea lions as an attraction. However if you look at homeless populations between the the two cities based on the state's last year count SF has 9800 homeless and LA has 59,000. So LA is winning in that department! But again there more cities in favor of sea lions to attract visitors than against.LA is trying to catch up, but right now SF gets top honors for policies that destroy the quality of life for law abiding tax payers. But, to keep the lead, SF will not enforce public urination statutes, or anything else that is a nuisance to the homeless -- I suppose that include deification, and we know it includes shooting up and tossing the AIDS and hepatitis infected needle where a law abiding tax payer can get infected. Even so, I have faith in our fearless local (LA) leaders -- they will come up with something to show they care more about the homeless.