Little Fish, Big Deal

A public forum on forage fish in California

Forage fish in California

Forage fish—small, schooling prey species such as sardine, anchovy, and Pacific saury—provide food that sustains a multitude of marine life and are an economic driver for coastal communities.

On the heels of a pivotal campaign victory to protect several species of forage fish in federal Pacific Ocean waters, Pew’s Pacific Ocean conservation campaign will host a public forum in San Francisco. The event, which is being co-hosted by California Audubon, Earthjustice, The Marine Mammal Center, Mission Blue, Oceana, and Ocean Conservancy, will examine the issues facing forage fish and the marine life and coastal communities that depend on them. Sylvia Earle, Ph.D., world-renowned oceanographer and marine scientist, will serve as master of ceremonies and moderate a panel discussion.

The purpose of the event is to celebrate shared accomplishments, explore ongoing challenges, and consider new opportunities to protect forage fish. 

Master of Ceremonies:

Sylvia Earle, Ph.D.

National Geographic Explorer–in-Residence and founder of Mission Blue


Anna Weinstein, California Audubon

Jeff Boehm, Ph.D., The Marine Mammal Center

Steve Marx, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Geoff Shester, Ph.D., Oceana

Bill Sydeman, Ph.D., Farallon Institute



Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016
Time: 6:15 - 8:30 PM
Location: Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco