Fishing with Pew: Discovering the Importance of Forage Fish

The iconic salmon that return each year to West Coast rivers and streams spend most of their lives in the Pacific Ocean, where their survival and health depends to a great degree on the presence of small, schooling prey commonly known as forage fish.

Pew's Paul Shively and Steve Marx, who are working to conserve forage fish populations in the Pacific, spent a couple of days on the Willamette and Columbia rivers in Oregon and Southwest Washington fishing for spring chinook with local guides. They saw first-hand the importance of forage fish to ocean ecosystems. Their successful trips were featured on this episode of Angler West, a syndicated recreational fishing program that airs in California, Oregon, and Washington.

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Media Contact: Erik Robinson

Topics: Oceans, Environment

Project: Pacific Ocean Conservation