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Media Coverage

The Ocean’s Unsung Heroes – Hooray for the Little Guys!
August 21, 2013
National Geographic NewsWatch Ocean Views

Don't Hold the Anchovies
June 27, 2013
ONEARTH Blog

The Ten Best Ocean Stories of 2012
December 18, 2012
“Surprising Science” - Smithsonian.com

Big Victory for Little Fish (and the Future of the Oceans)
November 14, 2012
HuffPost Green

Little Fish in a Big Pond
November 1, 2012
The Scientist

Contributions of forage fish worldwide explained
September 11, 2012
FIS

Globally, little forage fish net big profits
September 10, 2012
Futurity

Cutbacks of small fish catches will yield big gains
August 23, 2012
Environmental Industry

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Events

Meeting of Ireland’s National Parliament’s Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine
October 17, 2013
Dublin, Ireland

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council - Forage Panel Workshop
April 11, 2013
Raleigh, NC

Herring School Workshop
February 5, 2013
Simon Fraser University
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

ICES/PICES
November 13, 2012
Nantes, France

Northeast Fisheries Service
September 12, 2012
Woods Hole, MA

COFI 2012
July 9-13, 2012
Rome, Italy

European Parliament
July 12, 2012
Brussels, Belgium

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News Releases

Expert Task Force Recommends Halving Global Fishing for Crucial Prey Species

Study provides first-time analysis of three distinct contributions of forage fish worldwide

Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force Holds Pivotal Meeting.

Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force travels to Peru and examines largest forage fishery in the world

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Smaller Fish Should Stay Fish Food, Say Experts

April 2, 2012
Slate

By Ben Johnson and Slate V Staff

Scientists agree with Pixar and Disney: Finding Nemo is fine—but once you do, leave him in the sea.

Specialists from broad marine life backgrounds argue in a new report that small fish are more than twice as valuable when they're food in the ocean then when put on our plates. Forage fish, now 37 percent of the industry’s commercial catches, bring in an estimated $5.6 billion in annual revenue. But the report says they support $11.3 billion worth of commercial fish by serving as prey.

Experts want fishery managers to leave 40 percent of adult forage fish in the sea, up from the traditional 20 percent. Otherwise, they say we may soon reach a tipping point, where our demand may severely disrupt the ocean ecosystem.

Reducing catches means reducing profits, but authors of the report say the measures would ensure a more robust fishing environment. Keeping future fishing sustainable by curbing our current appetite? The real world could do with that sort of happy movie ending.

Slate article and video

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