I agree that this is a situational issue. In some blessed locations I too would welcome the sight of seals, and otters, bears, wolves, etc. Unfortunately, in many places seals have grown to be an increasingly significant problem, while salmon and steelhead numbers are already being threatened due to so many other issues. I do have one point when it comes to managing seal populations: I do not think that it can be a substitute “solution” to distract or delay action on other fundamental threats to our salmon and steelhead populations. I mention this because, at times, I feel that seals have been a convenient scapegoat to lay blame on for the demise of certain fish runs.
Obviously they are an easier target problem to address than some other issues, but we cannot let them be the main focus of our efforts. So I would like to see some scientifically sound management, when and where appropriate; but I would especially like to see those implemented as part of a broader campaign to support habitat restoration/protection, etc. I honestly don’t see how we can have any real conversations about the future of these fish, and the complexities of their ecosystems, without acknowledging the impacts of climate change. Whether we like it or not, climate change is playing a significant role in pretty much every issue that challenges the health of our fisheries.