More than 50 marine species that are important to the California Current ecosystem and the West Coast economy—including seabirds, salmon, tuna, whales, and porpoises—depend on northern anchovies as a primary source of food.
Yet regional fishery managers have neither counted the anchovy population nor updated the catch limit since the 1990s, when these vital fish were more plentiful. It is time to bring anchovy management into the 21st century by setting science-based catch limits that account for the needs of wildlife and a precautionary cutoff that suspends fishing when anchovy populations are low.
The Pew Charitable Trusts, in partnership with the Center for the Blue Economy, Oceana, and Fast Raft, is hosting a panel discussion on northern anchovies and the marine life and coastal communities that depend on them. Guests and viewers will have the opportunity to:
Gilly Lyons, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Jason Scorse, Ph.D., director, Center for the Blue Economy
Kate Spencer, captain, Fast Raft Ocean Safaris
Geoff Shester, Ph.D., senior scientist, Oceana
David Demer, Ph.D., Southwest Fisheries Science Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration