Oceana: Protect Krill – the Heart of the Pacific Food Web!

March 8th, 2007 5:55 pm by Kelly Garbato

Via Oceana:

Protect Krill – the Heart of the Pacific Food Web!

Krill may be little, ranging from one to 14 centimeters in length, but their role in balancing the ocean’s ecosystem is larger than life. Without them, many fish, seabirds and whales that depend on these small shrimp-like crustaceans for their survival become susceptible to starvation.

Last year, the Pacific Fishery Management Council unanimously recommended a ban on all krill fishing in U.S. Pacific waters. Unfortunately this landmark decision was only a recommendation, not actual legal protection. The Council’s recommendation was sent to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), which will decide in April whether or not to make it law and protect krill in all U.S. Pacific waters.

Help support a healthy Pacific by telling the federal government to ban fishing for krill today.

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