The Pacific Fish Conservation Campaign
is asking the Pacific Fishery Management Council
to hold off on fishing on currently unmanaged species of forage fish, such as smelt, saury, and sandlance. These fish play a critical role in marine ecosystems, because they feed off plankton before becoming food for predators including marine mammals, sea birdsm and predator fish. The Pew Environment Group's Paul Shively
and Steve Marx explain why everyone benefits from protecting these species.