This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.
This seminar is a general interest report on how the fishing pressure relates to the population of marine mammals in the North Pacific. We were charged with accessing the health of the food chain in the fishing waters.
After the Cod fishery was exhausted on the Grand Banks, all of the world’s large ships moved to the Pacific to fish the popular white fish, Pollack. The animal in the food chain that could be easily caught is the Sea Lion (number two after the Orca). We put radios on them and followed them to their feeding grounds to track where the fishing pressure was affecting their survival. The fishing industry supported the work but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration directed us.
The world-wide populations of seals and sea lions have many issues with survival and endangered situations that directly relate and affect all of us humans. The by-catch waste of about 20 percent should be saved and used.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.