The Good and The Bad for Atlantic Menhaden

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Co-authored by Elizabeth Brown On May 5th the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission met to make pivotal decisions about the management of Atlantic Menhaden – arguably one of the most important fish in the sea. Two keys decisions were up for discussion: 1.) What to set the Atlantic Menhaden catch limit at. Or, in other words, […]

New Catch Limit for Menhaden Leaves Millions of Fish in the Sea

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Previously posted on natgeo.com 6/12/2014. By Carl Safina and Elizabeth Brown In December 2012, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to establish the first ever coast-wide catch limit for the Atlantic Menhaden fishery, after urging from fishermen, conservationists, and many of you to protect Menhaden1. Menhaden are one of the sea’s most important fish […]

The Most Important Fish In The Sea

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That’s what some call it. We called them bunker, and still do. The native Americans called them menhaden, and that’s their more formal name. The humble Atlantic menhaden may not look like much, but this fish plays a vital role in the ocean food web. Striped bass, bluefish, whales, dolphins, sharks, and birds like osprey […]