Friday, September 2, 2011

Menhaden Rules May Change

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Council (ASMFC) will be taking action soon on striped bass mortality changes and rules effecting the harvest of Menhaden (pogies). The Menhaden proposed changes can be found here: (SORRY - CUT AND PASTE THE BELOW LINK - I'M HAVING PROBLEMS MAKING IT A HOT LINK.

Public comment will be accepted until 5 PM (EST) on November 2, 2011 should be submitted to Toni Kerns at (Subject line: Menhaden Draft Addendum V).

This paper isn't exactly bed time reading, but it is important stuff. This is the first time in years that menhaden mortality issues have been formally addressed by the ASMFC.

If you want more pogies for stripers and blue fish to eat in the northeast, there's a need to reduce mortality of these bait fish in Chesapeake Bay waters where the baby fish are harvested industrially by Omega Oil company for use in Omega Oil products produced for human consumption.