Save this tiny fish…

… for it has a big role to play in the Gulf of Mexico.

Menhaden, Brevoortia patronus, are small fish that play a critical role in protecting the health of the Gulf of Mexico and other parts of the ocean. They play a critical role in the Gulf’s ecosystem by filtering pollutants out of the water and providing a food source for dolphins, pelicans and other marine life. They have been referred to as “the most important fish in the sea.” The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has proposed new protections for menhaden from the threat of factory fishing. Unfortunately, the Houston-based Omega Protein (the largest menhaden company in the US) is fighting to stop the new standards.

Tell the Parks and Wildlife Commission that you support the new standards and want them to go even further to protect menhaden and the Gulf ecosystem.

This action will not only make your voice heard on behalf of a resource being quickly depleted by the fishing industry, it will also make policy-makers aware that the public is watching and is concerned about the health of our ocean.

More on the Cetacean Situation

Thank goodness there are people like Erich Hoyt out there who care about the world’s cetacean populations. Hoyt recently launched, a site sponsored by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society dedicated to the conservation of the critical habitats of whales, dolphins and porpoises in national waters and on the high seas of the world ocean. The site includes detailed explanations of key marine protected area (MPA) terms such as critical habitat and ecosystem-based management; excerpts from Erich Hoyt’s excellent book Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises; an interactive directory and poster-map of the more than 500 MPAs and sanctuaries for cetaceans, both proposed and existing; and a detailed resource section with links and downloads.

As incidents such as the recent mass stranding in Texas occur with greater frequency. We need cetacean experts and advocates like Hoyt and the WDCS to protect them.