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Fowling the Bay?: Media Reports Absolving Poultry Industry of Pollution are Premature

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Good news about the health of the Chesapeake Bay is rare, which might explain the media flurry surrounding new research that suggests pollution from poultry farms isn’t so bad after all. Representatives of the poultry industry hailed the research, implying that it proved that environmental regulations on farmers have been too stringent. But that conclusion …

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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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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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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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Take a Stand, Save a Fish! (or Hundreds of Millions of them)

Interested in making a passionate plea to save one of our most essential ectothermic allies in the Atlantic? Here’s your chance. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has posted the full public hearing schedule for Draft Addendum V to Amendment I of the Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic menhaden. It might be a mouthful, …

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Taking Action to Save the Atlantic Menhaden

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Fishermen, foodies, environmentalists, and anglers will gather en masse over the coming months to speak out in support of stricter limits on commercial menhaden fishing. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), the multi-state agency that regulates the Atlantic menhaden fishery, has released dates for public hearings in ten states along the coast, as well …

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