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Menhaden Fishery in Graphics

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As the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission gears up to meet in early August, all eyes are once again turning to Atlantic menhaden, the forage fish that has been called “the most important fish in the sea.” Menhaden feeds commercially valuable predator fish like striped bass, weakfish, and bluefish, as well as marine mammals like …

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Is Ten Years Too Long for Atlantic Menhaden?

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Ever since the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) voted on May 2nd to consider waiting as long as 10 years to implement menhaden regulations, the question for many has been: What happened? Things looked very different last November, when the ASMFC voted to reduce the amount of menhaden that could be harvested by the …

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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

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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

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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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Fish Talk: Coastal States Schedule Hearings on Atlantic Menhaden

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Thirteen states along the coast have scheduled public hearings in March and April to solicit comments on possible changes to the way the Atlantic menhaden fishery is regulated. Back in November 2011, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), the agency that regulates marine species in state waters, voted to reduce the amount of menhaden …

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