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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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Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force Holds Pivotal Meeting

This past December, the Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force held its fourth meeting in New York City. During this pivotal meeting, the task force members reviewed the results of its research over the past 18 months, and drafted management recommendations for forage fish that take into account their important role in marine food webs. The goal of the task force is to develop a scientifically founded, ecosystem-based approach to the management of forage fisheries globally.

Since the launch of the task force in May of 2009, this team of scientists has been studying the roles of forage fish within food webs, examining the latest scientific research on these fish, and conducting original research to shape their recommendations. These recommendations, which should be finalized within the next few months, will provide the first set of comprehensive, science-based rules of thumb that managers can practically use when managing forage fish.

The Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University launched the task force because of the need for credible advice on an ecosystem-based management approach for forage fish. These small prey fish, such as anchovies, herring, sardines, and menhaden, are being increasingly harvested by industrial scale fisheries, and comprise nearly 40 percent of the wild marine fish catch globally. The fish are a critical food source for marine mammals, seabirds, and many large fish species, and their excessive removal can undermine or even collapse marine food webs.

Supported by the Lenfest Ocean Program (http://www.lenfestocean.org/), the task force is comprised of thirteen scientists from around the globe, who collectively have expertise in a wide range of disciplines, including marine ecology, small pelagic fishery populations, marine mammals, seabirds, oceanography, climate, quantitative methods, ecosystem modeling, and fishery management. More information on the work of the task force can be found at www.oceanconservationscience.org/foragefish/project/index.html.

Group Meeting 2010