Small fish populations are being depleted too quickly, according to a new report issued by the Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force. Forage fish, as they are known, serve as the basis for diets of top marine predators such as large fish, marine mammals, and seabirds. Fish like sardines and anchovies also contribute to human diets. A New York Times article notes how the overfishing and depletion of forage fisheries could undermine the commercial viability of many larger, valuable species. The Task Force offers recommendations for ecosystem-based standards for sustainable fishery management.
Read the Summary of Scientific Analysis online.