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Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force: Second Meeting

October 12, 2009 - October 14, 2009
Portland, ME
Sponsored by the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science.

Learn more about the Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force

The Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force, which is working to develop management plans for small fish known as "forage fish," will hold its second meeting from Oct. 12-14, 2009 in Portland, Maine. Chaired by Dr. Ellen K. Pikitch, Executive Director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University, the Task Force includes 13 preeminent scientists from around the world. This is the first scientific team to comprehensively address the global management of forage fish, which are a critical food source for marine mammals, seabirds, and many large fish species. Their excessive removal can undermine or even collapse marine food webs. The task force will examine the roles of forage fish within food webs over the next two years, and develop science-based “rules of thumb” and other management recommendations intended to prevent fishing-induced irreversible impacts on marine ecosystems.

This event is not open to the public.

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