19 Oct '11, 6pm

Good menhaden are hard to find

Good menhaden are hard to find

Menhaden, a tiny fish considered “the most important in the sea ,” is making big waves off the Atlantic coast. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), which manages the menhaden, discovered a technical error in how they had been measuring the stocks of the forage fish that showed overfishing had occured in two of the last ten years. In fact, a longer view of the Atlantic menhaden stocks indicated that the small fry had, in fact , been overfished for more than half of the fishing seasons over the last 54 years. (Whoops!) The ASMFC has been gathering comments through public hearings in preparation for a November meeting in Boston where they could adjust future harvest limits, and ultimately determine the fate of Atlantic menhaden stocks. Why are menhaden important? They’re filter feeders that swim together in large schools, and it’s believed that each tiny f...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/food/2011-10-19-a-good-menaden-is-ha...

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