Stock Assessments Overwhelmingly Support Raising Atlantic Menhaden Quotas (Opinion)
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] Opinion by Al Dudley - August 2, 2016
Dudley is a commercial fisherman based in Beaufort, North Carolina.
This week, fisheries managers have the chance to expand opportunities for fishermen as they consider a scientifically supported increase in the coastwide menhaden quota. Although generally not consumed in their own right, menhaden are the bait of choice for both commercial and recreational fishermen and are prominent producers of the Omega-3 nutrients often used in health supplements.
In recent years, commercial fishing of menhaden has been needlessly restricted by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), the regulatory body charged with managing the species and maintaining the health of the stock...
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