Our Take: While it may be hard for people to get riled up about plummeting populations of small oily fishes like sardines and anchovies off the US West Coast, it’s hard not to be moved when over 375 sea lion pups have washed ashore in Southern California in 2016 (already!) because they are starving. This LA Times Science article briefly explains the history of sea lion population swings since the 1800’s and uncovers marine biologists’ compelling evidence that dwindling anchovy and sardine forage fish levels decrease sea lion mother’s milk fat content. This does not bode well for these magnificent animals if higher-fat anchovy and sardine populations don’t recover.
How Ahiflower Helps: Anchovy and sardine are among the primary sources of omega-3 fish oils, and the Pacific Ocean is by far the dominant supply region for omega-3 fish oils. In 2014, over 140,000 metric tons of omega-3 oils were used globally, with over 90% of that being fish oils. Almost 60% of this was used in dietary supplements. Every acre of Ahiflower crop produces as much omega-3 rich oil as 80,000 sardines. People switching to Ahiflower oil could help to save countless sea lions from starvation.