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A surge of baby sea lions, starving and dehydrated, have washed ashore along the California coast each spring in recent years.

If we don't take meaningful action now, this crisis will continue. More and more pups will arrive each day. Emaciated and weak, most of them will die.

Overfishing sardines during a natural population decline has severely reduced the number of these forage fish that sea lions rely on. Unless people like you fight back, vulnerable sea lion pups will continue to starve and die.

Add your name to save starving sea lion pups and protect the world's oceans with Oceana.

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Dear Pacific Fishery Management Council:

California sea lion pups have been found stranded on beaches during spring months in recent years. Many died and many others were found underweight, dehydrated, and starving. Their mothers were not finding enough forage fish to eat. They were spending more time away from their pups foraging, farther from shore, and the nursing sea lion pups were in turn, starving to death.

Approximately three times as many sea lions washed ashore in 2015 compared to 2013, when the severity of strandings emerged as an issue of great concern. About 90 percent of sea lion pups were estimated to have died last year before reaching weaning age.

More must be done to ensure there is adequate forage fish to support a healthy and abundant food web in the Pacific Ocean.

I am greatly concerned that management of the commercial forage fish fisheries off California, Oregon and Washington is leaving ocean wildlife without enough fish to eat. Sea lions, whales, pelicans, and many other species rely on these same forage fish for a large part of their diet. Pacific sardine and Northern anchovy populations are at historically low levels and are some of the most important forage fish in the California Current ocean ecosystem. Immediate, lasting action is needed to prevent future overfishing and to help these forage fish populations rebuild to healthy and abundant levels.

I urge you to take immediate measures to fix the Pacific sardine management framework, prevent Northern anchovy overfishing, and ensure abundant forage fish populations for dependent predators. Ocean wildlife and coastal communities don’t have time to wait.


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Jun 27, 2017 Kelly Bonner
Jun 26, 2017 Johnny Manahani
Jun 26, 2017 Sheila Parks
Jun 25, 2017 Elisabeth Perrin
Jun 25, 2017 Lynne Cruz
Jun 25, 2017 Marlene Clausen
Jun 25, 2017 Louise Simone
Jun 24, 2017 Sara Vilhena
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Jun 23, 2017 Rosemary Bernier
Jun 23, 2017 Lucia Sanford
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Jun 23, 2017 Dorothy Chandler
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Jun 22, 2017 Rob Dexter
Jun 22, 2017 Carol Phipps
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Jun 19, 2017 Lisa Blundell
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Jun 19, 2017 Stephanie McCurry
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Jun 17, 2017 Lesley Tonna
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Jun 17, 2017 Susan Hill
Jun 17, 2017 Gina Lledo
Jun 16, 2017 Elena Burankova
Jun 15, 2017 Jodi Embry Please stop the cruel act of over fishing an area. We need a functioning biosphere. Try another crop.
Jun 15, 2017 Barb Heath
Jun 15, 2017 brent hale
Jun 15, 2017 Roxanna Yadollahi
Jun 15, 2017 Ileana Lopez
Jun 15, 2017 Salaheddin Moustafa
Jun 14, 2017 Tracy Hernandez
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Jun 12, 2017 Anita Katzberg
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