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House GOP questions sea lion conservation science

 Republicans claim fishing restrictions hurt regional economies

Steller sea lions at a coastal rookery. PHOTO COURTESY NOAA.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Radical House Republicans last week found a new target as part of their extreme anti-environmental agenda, taking aim at endangered and threatened Steller sea lions during a field hearing, when they claimed that efforts to protect the marine mammals have “devastating impacts” on the fishing industry in the Pacific Northwest.

Steller sea lions are distributed mainly around the coasts to the outer continental shelf along the North Pacific Ocean rim from northern Hokkaiddo, Japan through the Kuril Islands and Okhotsk Sea, Aleutian Islands and central Bering Sea, southern coast of Alaska and south to California. Continue reading

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