Northern anchovies are among the most important forage fish in the U.S. Pacific Ocean. More than 50 species of marine wildlife in the California Current ecosystem depend on them, including seabirds, larger fish such as salmon and tuna, and marine mammals like whales and sea lions. When other forage fish such as sardines and herring are not available, northern anchovies become even more critical to the health of the marine ecosystem.
Act now: Ask fishery managers to adopt science-based catch limits that protect anchovies and their predators.
Please join us in asking the Pacific Fishery Management Council to manage the anchovy fishery with an ecosystem-based approach. Managers can ensure a healthier ocean by considering the whole ecosystem when making decisions about how much fish can be caught. Science-based catch limits that account for the status of the stock as well as the needs of dependent predators will help guarantee that anchovies are plentiful enough to fulfill their crucial role in the Pacific food web.
Anchovy are known to experience natural fluctuations in abundance, and scientific studies indicate that the stock’s central subpopulation, found off California, was in a collapsed condition as recently as 2015. Yet catch limits for the West Coast’s anchovy fishery have remained the same since the 1990s, when numbers were much higher.
Please take a moment to let fishery managers know you want to protect northern anchovies.