These small “forage fish” such as herring or market squid are a popular food source for everything from puffins to whales. But some of these fish are also being fished by humans, and new fisheries could develop at any time, posing a danger to forage fish and everything that eats them.
With the help of activists like you, Oceana has been fighting hard to make sure these small fish are protected and managed in a way that ensures that the animals dependent on them will have plenty to eat. And with a new forage fish policy being considered by the California Fish and Game Commission, we are now close to a victory!
A healthy forage fish population doesn’t just help puffins and whales. Important commercial and recreational fish such as Chinook salmon also thrive on these little fish. It’s important for everyone that forage fish remain abundant. But if we overfish just one of these critical species, the effects could be far-reaching. Removing too many forage fish from California waters could affect everything from the birds and whales offshore to the fishermen in our communities.
That’s why having a comprehensive forage fish policy is so important. The policy being considered for adoption would set a new course for fishery management to ensure a healthy population of forage fish in the ocean and prevent new fisheries from starting without sound science. But we need your help to make sure it passes.
Even better, if you can be in Los Angeles on November 7, we want to hear from you. The California Fish and Game Commission will be voting on the policy at a public meeting, and we want as many supporters in the room as we can get! They’ll be taking comments from the public, and your voice could make a difference. If you’re available to attend, email Ashley Blacow at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Help make sure puffins and other California marine life have plenty to eat.
For the oceans,