Protect Critical Fish Species
Forage Fish Conservation Act (H.R. 2236):
The Forage Fish Conservation Act creates a better management system for critical forage fish, a key species that are eaten by other fish, marine mammals, and birds. Forage fish play a crucial role in the greater ecosystem. The FFCA would manage forage fish species more effectively through a new provision in the Magnuson-Stevens Act.
The FFCA updates the Magnuson Stevens Act by calling for updated guidelines for regional fishery management councils and a determination of new forage fish habitat and potential emerging habitat. The bill places annual limits on specific forage fisheries in order to protect the cornerstone species and ensure for the longevity of reliant marine species in order to protect future biodiversity and ocean health by enacting a plan for one of the most critical fish species.