Impacts of Pinniped Predation on BC Salmon

Join us for the next webinar in our Conservation Webinar Series on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 07:00 p.m.!

Carl J. Walters, Professor Emeritus at UBC; from the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, UBC. Will present on the Impacts of Pinniped Predation on BC Salmon. Points to be covered are:

· Seals and sea lions are far more abundant today than they have been for the last several millennia, when First Nations harvesting kept them down

· They are consuming more fish than all the commercial fisheries (and aquaculture) combined

· In the Georgia Strait, seals have had particularly severe impacts on early marine survival rates of chinook and coho salmon, reducing abundances of larger fish by 80%

· We are not certain that seal reductions in the Georgia Strait would mean more fish available, because other stress factors like disease might be making the juvenile salmon more vunerable and could kill them even if seals were not

· It would be a major management experiment to reduce seal numbers to see if survival rates do improve, but the benefits of this experiment far outweigh possible costs

· DFO is very unlikely to face the problem, so we must hope for First Nations harvesting to actually do the grand experiment

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I am interested in attending the webinar but unable to join. Will the webinar be recorded?  

Yes! The webinar will be recorded and made available on YouTube in our BCWF Conservation Webinar Series Playlist and in the tab ‘Live’ on Facebook. We also link to the recordings of all previous webinars on our Conservation Webinar Series webpage. 

I have registered for the Zoom webinar but I am unable to attend. How do I receive a recording of the webinar?  

No problem, 24 hours after the Zoom webinar has ended, all registrants will receive an email with the link to the recording on YouTube and Facebook Live video. 

Will my questions be responded to?  

We give our best to respond to all questions coming in from Zoom and Facebook during the webinar. However, due to time constraints, we offer to collect the questions that were not responded to and upload the responses to them after the webinar on the Conservation Webinar Series webpage under “Previous Webinars”. 

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