Menhaden are a critical component of the Atlantic ecosystem. In the simplest terms, the primary ecological attribute for menhaden is their sheer abundance. Nearly every estuarine and marine predatory fish, mammal and bird eats them at some point in their life cycle. Menhaden are the key ingredient in the ecosystem that literally converts the sun’s energy to protein.
The current menhaden management system has allowed this critical species to decline to the lowest abundance ever recorded.
After years of work, menhaden management is under going a long needed overhaul. Public hearings are scheduled for this fall. The critical date for Maryland is October 11h.
ASMFC Public Hearing on Draft Addendum V to Amendment 1 to the Interstate Fishery Management for Atlantic Menhaden, Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources, Tawes State Office Building, C1 Conference Room, 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, Maryland. (7pm)
In preparation for this meeting, CCA has prepared an Angler’s Guide to Menhaden. It will take you through the addendum by giving a history of menhaden and explaining CCA’s position on the various proposed measures.
Look for an upcoming action alert and thank you for your stewardship and concern.