Forage fish of the Salish Sea: The risk from the oil spills and tankers
Submitted by: Raincoast Conservation Foundation
Forage fishes are crucial components of coastal marine ecosystems. They form a vital link between the bottom and top of the marine foodweb, and support diverse predators including humpback whales, Chinook salmon and seabirds. Trans Mountain’s review of forage fish suffered from information and methodological deficiencies, failed to assess all avenues for potential harm, and failed to identify the potential for impacts on forage fish to affect surrounding ecosystems, including species at risk.