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I question the phrase "so incredibly abundant." The striped bass population in the bay is a noonday shadow of the fishery we enjoyed ten years ago. Most fishermen seem to agree emphatically, yet ASMFC seems to be business as usual.

Great update on myco and striped bass! Regarding funding, are there any bills in Congress currently to restore funding? How should we encourage our legislators to get funding back to VIMS? Is there any funding coming from VA?

I live right on the Chesapeake Bay in Chic's Beach since 1974. I have seen the change in fish patterns. These ships that rake in all the menhaden are not from Virginia that was mentioned. They are from up North. These Menhaden need to be protected because they are the base of the food chain. Menhaden swim in HUGE schools from 3 miles wide and up to 20 miles long. Without these Menhaden the Chesapeake Bay will NOT be a good fishing spot in 50 years. It has already shown a huge decline!! Frank Thompson

Thanks, Frank.

Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, etc. etc. etc. have all outlawed the industrial harvest of menhaden.

Virginia and North Carolina have not.

So I don't think those menhaden fleets you are seeing are coming from the North.

You make a fair point, Matt Mobley. "Incredibly" abundant was probably an overstatement on my part.

The stripers remain abundant, but have declined 26 percent over the last eight years.

How do we get VA and NC to stop plundering menhaden? I saw a special program concerning this species on MPT and was simply appalled at the quantities of fish taken out of the bay. It seems remarkable we have any menhaden left at all.

You'll have to talk to the Virginia legislature, which manages menhaden.

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