A draft ecological plan now under review could mark a subtle but significant shift in the way policymakers manage West Coast fisheries.
The Fisheries Ecosystem Plan also highlights an often overlooked path to boosting the populations of salmon and other marine wildlife: protecting the small forage fish they eat.
Advocates have welcomed the plan and its broad approach to Northwest ecosystems. The Pew Charitable Trusts' environmental arm has recently pushed to raise awareness of forage fish and their importance to the marine food web.
"What really fuels all of this are these little … fish that never get their day in the sun," said Paul Shively, a campaign manager with the Pew Trusts.
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