And don't foget the FF too.
Chris, that’s a weak response to a serious issue raised by swimmingwiththefishes.
There is no doubt seals are a concern regarding salmon mortalities. I’ve seen firsthand how Fraser River seals are habituated to the Albion chinook test fishery; often they would get more chinooks than we samplers, and I have had many, many sockeye taken by seals while sampling sockeye from chartered gill netters. These seals are like trained dogs; the boats leave the docks and the seals leave their log booms to get lunch. Their ability to remove fish from a drifting gillnet, while not getting caught themselves, is uncanny. But in the bigger picture, they take far less than FN gillnets further up river that we always sanction.
His concerns regarding smolt predation mortalities are, I suspect, bang on as well. Herring… well, perhaps humans are the worst offenders regarding this species.
Not sure how to resolve this as I doubt the general public would have much appetite for a seal cull, but I do believe predators are a factor in our declining salmonid populations. Having said that I believe climate change and human encroachment is by far the biggest factor.
Salmon farms, not so much.