Sea Lions and Harbor Seals
Many old time residents on the Oregon Coast have seen the population of marine mammals on the Oregon Coast grow exponentially. At the mouths of rivers, it's a common site to large herds of harbor seals clustered together in haul out areas, resting on sand spits.
The rapid expansion of the seal and sea lion populations has been the result, in large part, of the strict and highly effective protections under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) of 1976.
|Sea Lions and Harbor Seals
Before the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1976 (MMPA), for generations, coastal people hunted and harvested sea lions and harbor seals. [more]