It’s time to protect Pacific forage fish
Right now, Pacific fishery management leaders have a chance to enhance America’s ocean legacy by conserving tiny schooling fish, called forage fish, that serve as food for iconic species such as humpback whales, salmon, and brown pelicans.
Now is the time to safeguard this critical link in the Pacific marine food web. Forage fish account for 37 percent of all fish caught commercially worldwide. Continued growth in the demand for forage fish could lead industrial vessels to target them in West Coast waters, where there are no protections for many of these important prey species.
In the past year, the Pacific Fishery Management Council has started to implement an ecosystem-based approach to managing fisheries that will increase protections for these important fish, thanks largely to the fact that the council has heard from thousands of people like you. Encourage the council to finish the job by protecting forage fish now.
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