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Has the Atlantic Fisheries Commission Industry-Proofed its Scientific Process?: Live Blog

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Scientists in charge of determining how many menhaden are in the Atlantic Ocean will convene this week under a fresh set of public participation guidelines. The new rules outline clear procedures for hearing the opinions of the fishing industry and other interest groups, without undue influence over the scientific process conducted by government researchers. The …

Decision Day on Atlantic Menhaden: Live Blog

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10:26:24 PM: We’ll see you bright and early at 8 am for the historic vote on #menhaden! If you have any questions, tweet at us and we’ll keep you posted! 11:26:16 PM: Great energy here in Baltimore over an oily little fish called #menhaden. Stay tuned!11:51:55 PM: We’ll also be following @pewenvironment and @herringalliance for …

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Make Your Voice Heard on Atlantic Menhaden Regulations

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Decision day is upon us. Now it’s time to weigh in. On December 14th, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will finally decide how much to cut the allowable harvest of Atlantic menhaden — a forage fish that has been overexploited by the commercial fishing industry for half a century. Almost one year ago, …

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Atlantic Menhaden Technical Committee Meeting Minutes

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[Editor's Note: The recommendations of fisheries scientists play a critical role in determining fishing regulations. But unlike regulatory meetings of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which are transcribed, the meetings of the scientific committees are undocumented -- accessible only by attendance. At the Public Trust Project, we make an effort to transcribe, as faithfully …

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Atlantic Menhaden Meeting Live Blog

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9:45:34 AM: Menhaden meeting at the ASMFC getting underway here in Alexandria, Virginia. 9:47:32 AM: There will be a high volume of tweets coming down the pike about little stinky fish! Live from ASMFC! A word of warning to our followers… 10:04:34 AM: Ron Lukens: I’m the senior fisheries biologist with Omega Protein. There are …

Atlantic Menhaden Live Blog

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8:10:00 AM – Menhaden management board has begun! Board is now taking public comment. Jim Price of the CB Ecological Fdn and Bob Geisler have spoken. 8:10:40 AM – Price talked about the importance of menhaden to the long-term health of striped bass, favored species among anglers + the ocean’s cash cow 8:11:33 AM – …