Future of Menhaden Management – Public Hearing Thursday, December 8
Guest post by Zack Greenberg, Senior Associate, Environment | The Pew Charitable Trusts
Next week the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) is holding a hearing on the future of menhaden management. While ASMFC’s Menhaden Management Board unanimously approved the Public Information Document (PID) for Draft Amendment 3 for public comment, they need to hear from you on why it is so important to manage menhaden for their role in the marine ecosystem (Issue 1, Option D).
Tell the ASMFC that menhaden management must account for the needs of predators. The public can comment at upcoming hearings, or in writing, now through January 4, 2017. Here are the details for next week’s hearing in New Jersey:
New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
December 8, 2016; 6:30 PM
Nacote Creek Marine Law Enforcement Office
360 North New York Road, Mile Marker 51
Port Republic, New Jersey
We need YOU to get involved, here’s how:
- Attend next week’s hearing on Thursday, December 8;
- Submit written comments before 5:00pm on January 4, 2017*; and,
- Share with family and friends to help get the word out!
*Public comments should be forwarded to Megan Ware, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, 1050 N. Highland St, Suite A-N, Arlington, VA 22201; 703.842.0741 (FAX) or at firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject line: Menhaden PID).
The conservation of menhaden benefits everyone. Managing “the most important fish in the sea” to account for their role as forage fish will enable the population to continue to grow, while increasing menhaden’s value to recreational fishing, commercial seafood, and tourism businesses that all depend on this important fish and its predators. That is why we are supporting Issue 1, Option D.
If you haven’t seen it, here is footage of the amazing activity happening off New York and New Jersey, as we work together to protect hundreds of millions of menhaden and all that they provide to predators (including ourselves). It is hard not to get inspired when imagining what the Atlantic will look like when we restore this species to its historic abundance and range!
There are a lot of articles out there on the importance of menhaden, a few can be found by clicking below:
- The New York Times – Not Just Another Stinky Fish
- The Wall Street Journal – Population Issue Puts Menhaden, the Ocean’s Unsung Hero, in the Limelight
- Chesapeake Bay Foundation – Little Fish, Big Impact
- Marine Fish Conservation Network – Blog Post by Capt. John McMurray
Remember: this is YOUR opportunity to provide input on the future management of this incredibly important forage fish – the ASMFC wants to hear from you – so make your voice heard!