Pacific herring, a schooling fish species found throughout California, play an important role in the marine ecosystem and support important commercial and recreational fisheries in state waters. Concerns about changing ocean conditions, sea-level rise, loss of spawning habitat and more have prompted the need for a Pacific herring fishery management plan (FMP) to inform decisions on the future of the herring fishery in accordance with the Marine Life Management Act. California Ocean Science Trust is serving the State by convening an independent scientific review that will focus on reviewing key components of the FMP.
Main goals of this work include:
- To ensure that the science underpinning the FMP represents the best scientific information available and is appropriately used
- To provide an independent external scientific and technical review of the Pacific herring FMP