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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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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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