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May 10, 2020

Watch: Tiny forage fish play a big role in ocean ecosystems

BY: Oceana

Anchovies can be a sustainable seafood choice. In Spain’s Bay of Biscay, Oceana successfully advocated for the closure of the anchovy fishery after it collapsed due to overfishing and other factors in the mid-2000s. With time, it recovered.
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Forage fish like sardines and anchovies form the foundation of healthy ocean food webs. Because these little fish feed and fuel many larger species – from sea lions to dolphins to whales – their productivity and abundance is critical to the overall health of marine ecosystems. Watch the video above to learn more about how Oceana is helping to improve the way these important fish are managed to ensure that these fisheries are sustainable and that larger ocean creatures have enough food to eat off the U.S. West Coast. For more information, visit oceana.org/foragefish.