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Sea Lions Found Shot in Malibu

The penalty if convicted for shooting a sea lion is $10,000 and possible jail time.

A photo showing squid fishing boats in Malibu in October. Credit: Elizabeth Smelser Fox
A photo showing squid fishing boats in Malibu in October. Credit: Elizabeth Smelser Fox
Three sea lions that washed ashore in Malibu in October had signs of gunshot wounds, a violation of the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act, according to reports.

Wildlife rescuers from the California Wildlife Center told KCBS-TV that lights that fishermen use to attract squid can also draw the sea lions. Fishermen are permitted to scare the sea lions away, but not harm them. 

According to the California Wetfish Producers Association, there are no reports of shootings within the squid fishing community. 
Stephanie Winnard October 26, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Whoever did this makes me sick, and I agree with the comments at the top who said that there should be mandatory jail time and also their fishing boats should be seized permanently and a huge fine too. This makes me so upset! :(
Wendi Werner October 26, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Are these commercial fisherman within the MPLA areas?
Hans Laetz October 26, 2013 at 01:58 PM
And just what exactly would the squidwatch accomplish? "Hello, 911, I'd like to report a suspicious flash offshore, among 20 identical boats. No, I cannot identify the individual. No, I cannot identify the boat. No, I do not know if any protected creature was hit. No, I do not know if it was a gun or an M-80. No, I did not know the nearest Fish and Wildlife boat was in Long Beach. Get those guys out of bed and up here as fast as possible." Face it. These shootings are another inevitable and unavoidable consequence of a nation of gun nuts and urban cowboys. Hey, "Anonymous Guy Using The Name Ben," when you say " if you board my boat uninvited at sea and your not a damsel in distress you will face the barrel of my gun" -- do you do it in a pirate voice? Yar.
JR October 27, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Anyone with information about the shooting or harassment of marine mammals can contact me. Special Agent David L. Reilly National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Law Enforcement 501 West Ocean Blvd Suite 4300 Long Beach, CA 90802 (562)980-4056 Office
Stand4Earth October 29, 2013 at 12:20 PM
Please sign this change.org petition to help enforce the protection of sea lions that are being shot off the coast of Malibu, California: http://www.change.org/petitions/national-marine-fisheries-service-nmfs-strictly-enforce-the-protection-of-malibu-s-sea-lions-other-marine-life-that-are-protected-under-the-1972-marine-mammal-protection-act-improve-patrols-supervision-of-practices-of-squid-fishers

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