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".... Penobscot River restoration efforts may benefit both salmon and seals"

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clamfarmer:
“We were surprised to see a strong relationship between increasing river herring returns and decreasing seal-induced injury to salmon. Although this finding is encouraging, we also recognize that the injuries we see only represent failed predation attempts. Future research on seal foraging behavior and diet in the Penobscot River estuary is needed to help explain how injury relates to what seals are successfully eating,” says Leach.

The study shows that restoration focused on ecosystem health can benefit multiple species in ecosystems like the Penobscot River and can shift predator-prey interactions in a way that supports restoration and conservation efforts of both predators and prey.

“Though challenging to implement and assess, multi-species or ecosystem-based approaches to management have great potential for widespread benefits, from fish to seals and even human residents and visitors to the region,” says Kristina Cammen, assistant professor at the School of Marine Sciences and co-author of the study."

https://umaine.edu/news/blog/2022/03/15/umaine-study-shows-penobscot-river-restoration-efforts-may-benefit-both-salmon-and-seals/?fbclid=IwAR0kuBJ-nlD1eIYxCZhcXdHjDs8LY7RtJYAu2sP3S_gieOb9rSHBQa77EAg

grub662:
They should open a season on seals to knock the population down like they did with the moose. Seals are very harmful when the population reaches the level where they are now. They are over feeding on salmon, stripers, blues and everything else they like to eat.

eiderz:
Agreed, too many seals from NY to ME. Wait till the white sharks start hanging around the mouth of the rivers. Tasty seals. We've seen a few around Cape Cod, cruising just offshore from the seals sunning on the beach. Eating seals is a worthy reason for their existence.

grub662:

--- Quote from: eiderz on Mar 18, 2022, 02:16 PM ---Agreed, too many seals from NY to ME. Wait till the white sharks start hanging around the mouth of the rivers. Tasty seals. We've seen a few around Cape Cod, cruising just offshore from the seals sunning on the beach. Eating seals is a worthy reason for their existence.

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That is exactly what has been said on SOL forum.

clamfarmer:

--- Quote from: grub662 on Mar 18, 2022, 02:45 PM ---That is exactly what has been said on SOL forum.

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Ummm Yeah... Early settlers speared them for fertilizer and just wasted many thousands... Damns killed spawning runs..... log drives wiped out river bottom spawning areas, mass deforestation created high levels of silt in runoff AND high degrees of acidification and nutrification~ so much so that insect life that fry depend on for food is gone in many areas... Acid levels are so high in many areas, like the Machias River watershed, clam shells dissolve completely within 6 months...... BUT SURE!!!! BLAME THE SEALS....

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