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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 11, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Could killer whales be eating away at anglers future fishing opportunities?

What are your feelings on killer whales possibly consuming large numbers of chinook salmon in Puget Sound?

Seattle Times reporter Craig Welch wrote this killer whale story in Saturday’s paper.

If this is true non-tribal commercial, tribal and sport anglers could be faced with cutbacks on fisheries in the near future.

In Welch’s story it says the surprise February visit to Washington from members of J pod came just days after state and tribal leaders learned they may again have to cut back salmon fishing to boost the endangered whales’ survival.

That debate started in earnest last week, when the tribes and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife sought federal approval for a four-year plan to manage commercial and sport chinook fishing. Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) surprised everyone by saying they couldn’t approve it.

“They told us the risk was too high to orcas for them to accept a plan” that would remain in place that long, said Pat Pattillo, special assistant to the director of Fish and Wildlife.

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