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No Records Kept: The Potomac River Fisheries Commission’s Mysterious History on Menhaden

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The Potomac River Fisheries Commission (PRFC) has no record of the votes it has made regarding Atlantic menhaden, the controversial forage fish that has been called “the most important fish in the sea” because of its contribution to the diets of dozens of ecologically significant fish, mammals, and shorebirds. PRFC Executive Secretary A.C. Carpenter confirmed …

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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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Atlantic Menhaden Fishery Gets Lowest Possible Grade

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A report released this week by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership gives the Atlantic menhaden fishery a grade of “C,” the lowest score. The report analyzed reduction fisheries in the Atlantic and South America, and graded them in five different categories, including precautionary management, how well fisheries managers follow science advice, whether fishermen comply with regulations. …

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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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