Articles about Atlantic menhaden
State management body prepares to defend forage base conservation measures
Coastal Conservation Association applauds the efforts of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to force the State of Virginia to comply with the provisions of Amendment 3 to the Atlantic Menhaden Fishery Management Plan. While an immediate finding of Virginia to be out of compliance with the plan was delayed to the Commission’s August meeting, a motion to send a letter to Virginia’s Governor and General Assembly urging compliance in the strongest possible terms was adopted unanimously, with the federal services abstaining.
As any good angler knows, Atlantic menhaden are anything but a pisciverous predator. Rather they are the foundation of the regional food web, and an abundant source of protein for many important gamefish like striped bass, bluefish, king mackerel and even some tuna species.
Management body caves with vote to maintain failed management of menhaden
Presented with the historic opportunity to put in place much-needed protections for menhaden that recognize their ecological role, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Menhaden Management Board blinked, and instead opted for status quo management. In the months leading up to the vote, public sentiment was overwhelmingly in favor of better menhaden management, with more than 150,000 public comments in favor of Option E that would have taken into account menhaden’s unique ecological role as a forage fish.
Proposed commercial harvest increase jeopardizes menhaden plan
Many places along the coast are seeing more menhaden than they have in years, and it's a wonderful sight.
ASMFC takes first step to finally bring menhaden under management
BALTIMORE, MD – For the first time ever, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will reduce the harvest of menhaden and finally begin the process of managing this critical forage base. The measure approved today by the Menhaden Management Board will reduce menhaden harvest in both the reduction and bait fisheries by 20 percent beginning in 2013.
Atlantic menhaden management takes a familiar, disturbing turn
Last week the Atlantic States Marines Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Stock Assessment Committee and Technical Committee met to finalize the stock assessment update and advice they may give the Board for managing menhaden.
ASMFC votes to give public its say on menhaden
Menhaden management has long been a sore point among conservationists as intense commercial harvest of the species in the Chesapeake Bay has added to factors believed to be negatively impacting striped bass and other gamefish all along the East Coast. The primary industrial harvester of Atlantic menhaden, Omega Protein, has never had its harvest effectively restricted and stands as one of the very few commercial fishing operations in the country to successfully avoid management measures that might impact its bottom line.