~ Take this for what it's worth from a WA guide who's been hunting sea ducks and brant on this side of the Country for over 25 years. Here in Coastal Washington State we've been amidst reduced sea duck limits for some time now, and I can assure you that the sky isn't falling--There's still plenty of good times and memorable hunts to be had amidst the changes. Quality not quantity is the key around here now... and like that or not it is likely the future of sea duck hunting on both coasts as we know it. ~ Not so long ago most of these saltwater ducks were often looked at as "trash" birds that few recognized as an opportunity and seasons were liberal on them. As other waterfowling opportunities waned and competition onshore increased the enthusiasm for sea duck hunting grew, and so did the emphasis on studies on their harvest, breeding, and wintering. Collectively we know a lot more about sea ducks than just a few decades ago. Certainly the data shows there are fewer birds than in the past, and hopefully studies will continue getting answers as to why their numbers and breeding success is not what they once were. In the meantime we as hunters and conservationists will share the burden of lowered limits and seasons until things turn around. But as I said before , there is still plenty of enjoyment to be had in a day offshore decoying in these really cool birds.