Thursday, October 20, 2011
“The bycatch of threatened eulachon is a major impact to the species that must be stopped through a combination of time and area closures, hard bycatch caps, and gear modifications,” says Enticknap. “It’s also a major source of data showing the location of eulachon at sea that the agency should have used to designate critical habitat.”
Eulachon have historically had great cultural and economic importance in the Pacific Northwest, Canada and Alaska. As a small forage fish, they are also of great ecological importance, preyed upon by numerous marine mammals, seabirds, and fish species including green sturgeon, halibut, rockfishes and salmon.
“The decline of the Pacific eulachon highlights the need for comprehensive protections for forage species. Forage fish are highly susceptible to climate change and fishery impacts, but without healthy forage populations, salmon, whales, dolphins and many other species will suffer,” says Enticknap.
The health and biodiversity of the California Current ecosystem depends on how we manage the food web. Oceana will now consider how to proceed with the government on the issue of critical habitat designation for eulachon and measures to ensure the recovery of this species, in addition to working to improve management for all West Coast forage species.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011
U.S. House Representatives Pascrell (D-NJ-8) and LoBiondo (R-NJ-2) of New Jersey today proposed an extension of the investment tax credit for offshore wind power, produced in either... Read More
Monday, October 17, 2011
Juneau, AK- Michael LeVine, Oceana’s Pacific Senior Counsel, issued the following statement in response to testifying to defend the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) decision to close some... Read More
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Today Governor Brown signed AB 376 into law, which makes it illegal to sell, trade, possess, or distribute shark fins within California. Oceana applauds Governor Brown for acknowledging... Read More
Monday, October 3, 2011
Laguna Beach, CA: This weekend, the largest international ocean conservation group Oceana welcomed special guests Diane Lane and Josh Brolin at the 4th annual SeaChange Summer Party. This... Read More
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Oceana, the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans, commends the New England Fishery Management Council today for approving new regulations for the Atlantic... Read More
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Oceana, the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans, welcomes today’s release of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) long overdue U.S. National Bycatch... Read More