Save Pacific Smelt, the Small Fish with a Big Impact
Columbia River, eulachon habitat
Salmon, whales, dolphins, and people eat Pacific smelt.
But what if there isn’t enough to eat?
Historically, eulachon, a type of Pacific smelt, have played important ecological, cultural, and economic roles in the Pacific Northwest. But their numbers have declined drastically in recent decades and they are now listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. But more needs to be done.
The US government recently proposed to designate 292 miles of river in the states of California, Oregon, and Washington but they failed to inculde ocean waters, where Pacific smelt spend 97% of their lives.
Speak up by March 7 to save the small fish with a big impact.