California’s Fish & Game Commission is considering making big changes to better protect some of the ocean’s smallest fish.
If you live in California, you can help us protect these vitally important fish. For the sake of our ocean, we must ensure these improvements get passed.
Known as “forage fish,” small schooling fish like sardines, anchovies and herring — play a crucial role in the ocean food web and in our overall economic well being.
Need proof? Look toward the seabirds, who suffer a drop in birth rates when forage fish populations drop too low. Look toward marine mammals like humpback whales, which weigh around 40 tons yet rely almost completely on forage fish to survive. Or ask the fishermen—commercial and recreational fishermen agree that big fish need little fish. The fish we like to catch and eat, like salmon, tuna and rockfish, all feed on forage fish.
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It’s common sense–tourists are more likely to go to a clean beach. Offshore energy companies need the latest data and maps to make the most accurate plans for successful development. Right now, Federal ocean programs are spread across more than 20 different agencies that often work independently of each other.
That’s why we need a common sense National Ocean Policy that coordinates these different ocean programs in order to both use and protect the ocean in the best possible ways. But some lawmakers are attacking the policy with extremist rhetoric.
Our Government Relations Director Emily Woglom recently weighed in on the benefits of the National Ocean Policy and the misleading attempts to block it.
You can help by calling your Representative today and asking him or her to vote against any attempt to block the National Ocean Policy.