Forage fish play an important role in the food web

California forage protections

The California Current flows southward from British Columbia bringing cool waters along the West Coast and producing a nutrient-rich upwelling that supports diverse species of forage fish. These play an important and often underappreciated role in the “middle” of the food web. Species, such as the Pacific sardine and northern anchovy, eat plankton and nourish predators such as whales, sea lions, seabirds, sharks, salmon, and tuna.

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Fishermen looking at forage fish on boat
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In the California Current, a diverse group of forage fishes play an important and often underappreciated role in the “middle” of the food web.

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