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Decision Due About Management of Menhaden Fish

Posted: 11/13/2017 03:58:00 -05:00 Updated:
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LINTHICUM, Md. (AP/WBOC) - Interstate fishing regulators are deciding whether they want to change the way they manage a tiny fish that plays a critical role in the ocean's food chain.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is taking up the subject of menhaden on Monday and Tuesday at a meeting in Linthicum, Maryland. The fish are the subject of one of the largest fisheries in the country.

Menhaden are fished to provide fish oil, feed for aquaculture operations and bait. The fish also are a key source of food for larger fish, whales and dolphins.

The regulators are considering options such as reducing the amount of the fish that can be caught by commercial fishermen. Fishermen, including ones on Delmarva, have pushed back at the idea, saying the fishery is sustainably managed as it is.

A free charter bus from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, a local conservation group, will make two stops on the Eastern Shore to bring people to the meeting:

  • Salisbury, MD: Parking lot of Macy's at Salisbury Centre, 2304 N Salisbury Blvd. Departure time: 9:15 a.m. Return time: approximately 6:30 p.m.
  • Easton, MD: Parking lot of Walmart, 8155 Elliott Rd. Departure time: 10:15 a.m. Return time: approximately 7:30 p.m.
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