New Anchovy Protections Seen as Boost For Ocean Health

Fishermen’s News

A new management framework for anchovy that was adopted in November by the Pacific Fishery Management Council goes into effect this month, requiring a regular review of the size of the anchovy population and adjusting catch levels as needed based on annual abundance surveys and other information.

The independent non-profit Pew Charitable Trusts hails that change as a more responsive, holistic management approach, which will benefit more than 50 species of marine wildlife, from albacore tuna and Chinook salmon to least terns and humpback whales.

The Pew report notes that fishery managers had for years used fixed catch limits, no matter how much the anchovy population or ocean health declines. For more than two decades, management of California’s anchovy population was based on information collected between 1964 and 1990.

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