86-1 Global Management of Forage Fish: Advice from the Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force (Keynote)
The Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force was established to address the need for practical guidance in implementing an ecosystem-based approach for forage fisheries. Presented here is an overview of the task force’s work, including new scientific revelations into the ecological consequences of forage fish removals. The task force developed several quantitative methods to gain a greater understanding of where forage fish are most important, and how various management strategies impact forage fish populations and predators. This presentation will review those methods and results, culminating in a set of practical, science-based recommendations that can be implemented in ecosystems with any level of scientific information or knowledge. Precautionary and ecosystem-based approaches to the management of forage fish are necessary to maintain their ecological role as prey under changing environmental and human conditions, and the Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force recommendations are an important first step in achieving this goal.