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Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Makes Important Changes to its Scientific Process

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The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) is taking steps to ensure greater transparency in its scientific committee meetings after industry consultants tried to dominate a subcommittee hearing in May in North Carolina. That meeting, which was reported by the Public Trust Project, included government scientists from state agencies as well as federal researchers who …

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Did Industry Consultants Hijack the Stock Assessment Process for Atlantic Menhaden?

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At a meeting this week in North Carolina, government scientists were largely silent on the question of how the Atlantic menhaden population should be assessed in 2012. Fishing industry consultants, on the other hand, dominated the process — so much so that some in attendance questioned whether efforts by industry representatives to steer the discussion …

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PTP Releases Investigative Feature in the Washington Monthly

Omega Protein Makes Good on Threat to Cut Jobs, but it Doesn’t Have To

PTP Director Alison Fairbrother has released an investigative feature article in the Washington Monthly about the mismanagement of Atlantic menhaden by the regulatory agency charged with overseeing marine species in state waters. Read an excerpt below: “On a balmy afternoon in late summer, Jim Price reaches into the body cavity of a striped bass and pulls out …

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Congressmen Push Use of Corporate Science in Fishery Management


Nine members of Congress — five Republicans and four Democrats — have urged the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to consider corporate-funded research in assessing Atlantic menhaden, a forage fish vital to the Atlantic ecosystem. In a letter to the ASMFC, the politicians expressed concerns that the agency has not included the “latest information” …

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Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Lashes Out Against Public Input in Fisheries Management


A high-ranking gubernatorial appointee in Virginia has accused a citizens advisory committee of inappropriate “lobbying” when it expressed support for measures to protect Atlantic menhaden, a forage fish vital to the Atlantic ocean ecosystem. Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Doug Domenech objected to the recommendations of the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Chesapeake Executive …

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Omega Protein Prefers Season Closures, and Other Items Revealed by the Advisory Panel

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Old tensions – and some new ones – reared their heads during a recent conference call to discuss the future of the menhaden fishery, including the growing divide between the industrial menhaden harvester, Omega Protein Inc, and the smaller bait companies. Now that the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), the regulatory agency that manages …

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