Fisheries regulators cut menhaden catch to protect other species

Posted on November 10, 2011 by David Abel, Globe Staff

A small silver fish, menhaden has outsized importance in the sea, serving as sustenance for many larger fish and providing vital oils for healthy human hearts. But the population of menhaden has plummeted to just 8 percent of its historical levels off the East Coast as overfishing has taken its toll.

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