Join us at this public hearing to tell ASMFC you want a strong, ecosystem-based management plan for "the most important fish in the sea."
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. This critical fishery serves 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.
The ASMFC is considering revisions to its fishery management plan and accepting public comments.
We believe that it is essential that ASMFC prioritize menhaden's important ecological role as it considers Amendment 3 to the fishery management plan. We're advocating management to:
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