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Dear Friend,
Our efforts to protect forage fish just reached a milestone that was five years in the making. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) issued a final rule in April to safeguard seven groups of forage fish in federal waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Thank you for your help in bringing about this very big win for these little fish and for the overall health of our oceans. Together we can keep the momentum going as we work to protect forage fish in state waters, safeguard important fish habitats, and pursue better management of our ocean.

Paul Shively
The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Act Now to Protect California's Forage Fish
NOAA's big decision safeguards forage fish in federal waters, but California's waters do not have the same protections for the small fish that hold the food web together. Encourage California decision-makers to secure food this year for wild salmon, marine mammals, and seabirds.

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This Is Bigger Than Just Helping Little Fish
NOAA's recent decision to safeguard seven forage fish groups doesn't just affect those animals—it also benefits the whole ocean food web. Marine mammals, big fish, and seabirds such as this auklet depend on forage fish to survive.

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Scientists Speak Up for the Seafloor
A healthy seafloor is crucial for a healthy ocean. These ecosystems are already affected by climate change, and as technology advances, fishing and mining are becoming possible deeper in the ocean than ever before. That's why marine scientists are asking decision-makers to safeguard more of the seafloor.

Why protect the seafloor »
5 Crucial Steps to Improve Ocean Health
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the primary law governing fishing in U.S. ocean waters. A lot has changed in four decades, including scientific knowledge, technology, and emerging threats. How can we address these developments as we move forward?

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A Well-Fed Sea Lion Is a Satisfied Sea Lion
We couldn't resist featuring these sleepy sea lions on our new Instagram feed. Sea lions depend on small fish such as anchovies and sardines, and we're working hard to make sure that these marine mammals have enough to eat.

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In the News
Forage Fish Protected on West Coast
The Associated Press
A new rule took effect May 4 in federal waters between 3 and 200 miles offshore, clearing the way for Oregon and California to adopt complementary protections in state waters.
NOAA Administrator Applauds Forage Fish Conservation
The Columbian
Kathryn Sullivan, an oceanographer and former astronaut who heads the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, cites the Pacific Fishery Management Council's decision to protect forage fish as an example of visionary leadership in the face of ocean conditions undergoing major shifts.
West Coast Sardine Shutdown Continues for 2nd Year
The Oregonian
The population of West Coast sardines has dwindled to the point that it won't support a fishery. That's not only bad for fishermen, but it also comes at a steep cost to ocean predators such as brown pelicans, marine mammals, and bigger fish that depend on sardines as a crucial food source.
More on U.S. Fishery Law's Effect on Our Oceans
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