Dr. Ellen K. Pikitch is the executive director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science and a professor at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University. She’s recognised as one of the leading authoritative voice on marine conservation. She’s also involved with WildAid.
The report ‘Little Fish: Big Problem’ details the effects of fishing for forage fish. These are small to medium-sized species that include anchovies, herring, menhaden, and sardines. Popular fish for cuisine.
In this report, which was put together by the Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force and heded by Piktich, we can see what happens when we overfish forage fish. Essentially, removal of these smaller fish removes vital food sources for larger animals, such as salmon, penguins and whales. This report looks at the vulnerable status of forage fish and the best methods to help depleted stocks recover. Have a closer look at the report to get a full picture of the problem.
Little Fish: Big Problem
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An interesting read.
Sep 5, 2014