Some call menhaden the “most important fish in the sea” because so many other species depend on them for food, but there is no limit on the total amount of menhaden that can be caught. Every year, hundreds of millions are ground up to make fertilizer; fish meal for farm animals, pets, and aquaculture; and oil for dietary supplements. As forage fish, menhaden are critical for healthy and vibrant ocean ecosystems and fishing and tourism in East Coast states.
Let the commission know that it’s time to bring the menhaden fishery into the 21st century.
In a landmark move last year, East Coast fishery managers—responding to a plea for action by more than 90,000 people like you—committed to advancing new protections for Atlantic menhaden. Now we need your help to make sure these plans become real improvements on the water.
November 11, 2012 Action Alert ID# 14
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