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


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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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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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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Maryland Blazes Trail to Get Arsenic Out of Chicken Feed

Read the full story at Grist. If you saw “Arsenic in Our Chicken?,” Nick Kristof’s much-read New York Times column from earlier this month, you’ve heard about the widespread use of some unexpected additives in chicken farming. Studies released this year detected caffeine, acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol), fluoxetine (the active ingredient in Prozac), various antibiotics, …

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Pfizer’s Fight to Keep Arsenic in Chicken Feed


  By Alison Fairbrother and Donna Trussell Cross-posted with the Washington Spectator.  Arsenic is natural, but it’s still poison—not to mention carcinogenic—and therefore has no place in the food chain. But that’s just where it is because of the Pfizer drug Roxarsone, which is fed to factory-farm chickens to spur growth and give packaged poultry …

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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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