Date: 4/18/17 7:10 pm From: Roy Lowe <roy.loweiii...> Subject: [obol] Salmonid Predation - Alsea Bay
This morning at the mouth of Alsea Bay on a strong ebb tide there was a feeding flock of birds present. On close approach I observed double-crested cormorants, gulls (mostly western) and harbor seals actively feeding on out-migrating salmonid smolts. Harbor seals would force smolts up to the surface or into shallow water swimming at high speed creating wakes. The gulls would mob the harbors seal's location grabbing any smolts within their reach. I never actually saw a cormorant take a smolt but judging by their activity and the number of birds present some must have been successful.