Urge the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission: Protect Atlantic Menhaden

menhadenThe future of "the most important fish in the sea" is at stake!

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) is now accepting comments on proposed changes to its menhaden management plan—changes that could determine whether this vital fish thrives or struggles in the future.

Menhaden—a small, silvery, nutrient-rich fish—is a vital link in the Chesapeake Bay's food web. Often called the "most important fish in the sea," menhaden serve as an important food source for striped bass, birds, and marine mammals. But the Chesapeake Bay has not been seeing the number of young menhaden it did historically, raising concerns for scientists, anglers, and anyone who cares about the health of the Bay.

As ASMFC considers revisions to its fishery management plan, it is essential that menhaden's vital ecological role be a top priority. Send a message to ASMFC right now—before the October 24 deadline. Tell them you want a strong, ecosystem-based management plan for "the most important fish in the sea."

Now is the moment to implement ecological management for menhaden. We're advocating management to:

  1. Ensure menhaden are managed for their important role as a forage fish in the ecosystem—ensuring that enough fish are left in the water to support their many predators.
  2. Guarantee unused quota in menhaden harvests are not carried over into the next year's harvest.
  3. Ensure all the menhaden is included in the coastwide Total Allowable Catch (TAC). 
  4. Reduce the current cap on reduction harvest in Chesapeake Bay to address ongoing concerns about low menhaden abundance.

Send a message to ASMFC using the form below!

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