Overview of the Issue
To have healthy sportfish populations, there first must be a healthy food base. Simply put, big fish need plenty of little fish to eat.
The smaller fish in the ocean, known as forage fish, provide food for nearly all recreationally important fish species, as well as seabirds and other marine life. Demand for these nutrient-rich species — which are used to make fertilizer, feed for livestock and farmed fish, and products such as cosmetics — continues to skyrocket worldwide.