Protecting West Coast Forage Fish

The Pacific Fishery Management Council moved forward with an historic Fishery Ecosystem Plan for the West Coast. The council regulates fishing in federal waters off California, Oregon and Washington, including key forage species such as sardine, mackerel, anchovy and squid. “The new plan will give greater protection to forage fish by prohibiting new fisheries for currently unmanaged species while developing an index of health for the overall forage base to guide future management decisions,” said Ken Hinman, president of the National Coalition for Marine Conservation and head of its Wild Oceans project.

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