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Further, there are some data gaps that limit our understanding of forage fish abundance and health in Florida. In an effort to proactively bridge these gaps and maintain Florida’s legacy of Fishing Capital of the World, the Florida Forage Fish Coalition seeks to conserve forage fish that serve as a major food source for Florida’s sport fish like snook, tarpon, and redfish as well as commercially important species. Although the FWC does a great job at managing Florida’s recreational and commercial fisheries, with the worldwide demand for forage fish surging, the coalition would like to ensure that the food needs of Florida’s sport fish are accounted for. Currently, the coalition is educating Florida’s recreational and commercial fishing communities about the new science that exists on forage fish, the importance of forage fish in marine ecosystems, and encouraging these communities to visit http://www. floridaforagefish.org/ and take the Forage Fish Pledge to demonstrate that people understand the need for better forage fish management. The coalition is also working with FWC’s senior staff and Commissioners to find constructive ways of improving data collection and improving forage fish management.  Do you live in Florida? Please visit http://www. floridaforagefish.org/ and take the Forage Fish Pledge! BISBEE’S CONSERVATION JOURNAL Q2 • 2015 35


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