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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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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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Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Makes Important Changes to its Scientific Process

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The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) is taking steps to ensure greater transparency in its scientific committee meetings after industry consultants tried to dominate a subcommittee hearing in May in North Carolina. That meeting, which was reported by the Public Trust Project, included government scientists from state agencies as well as federal researchers who …

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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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