Pacific Ocean Conservation


Little fish are a big deal

Oregon forage protections

Just offshore, within sight of Oregon's public beaches, a vibrant marine ecosystem can be seen everywhere: the spouts of gray and humpback whales migrating nearby, satisfied fishermen with their day's bounty, and thick swarms of seabirds such as sooty shearwaters, marbled murrelets, and common murres gliding along the ocean surface. All of this activity depends on an abundance of small fish—commonly known as forage fish—that provide the fuel for this system but tend to go unrecognized by the general public.

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