A new bill just introduced in Congress will help to ensure the smaller fish in the ocean that serve as the food source for most marine sportfish will be sustainably managed.

The Forage Fish Conservation Act would require that the role forage fish play in the marine ecosystem be accounted for when federal fisheries managers set catch limits on them.

The important relationship between healthy forage fish populations and heathy sportfish populations has long been established. Forage fish provide food for nearly all recreationally important fish species, as well as seabirds and other marine life. Before allowing harvest on any currently unmanaged forage species, the new bill would require predator needs to be accounted for.

Ask your Members of Congress to support the Forage Fish Conservation Act today. Please review the message and feel free to add your own words.