Protection For The Ocean Food Chain

The New York Times2011-11-11:                      People do not eat menhaden, an oily little forage fish. But the fish that people do eat — like bluefish and striped bass — depend heavily on menhaden for their diet. So it is very good news that the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, representing 15 eastern states and the federal government, has now moved to protect the menhaden, an essential link in the food chain whose numbers have plummeted over the last half-century. The commission voted to cut the menhaden harvest 37 percent by 2013, compared with 2010 levels. Related News Panel Votes to Reduce a Forage Fish Catch (November 10, 2011)…                     more

Photo: Menhaden ( NOAA)

test4Case for menhaden conservation

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~ by narhvalur on November 12, 2011.

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