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December 07, 2011

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Hampton Bay

I agree with you Emmy, this has to come to an end. We cannot go on like this until the point of no return.

Thank you for leading the fight!

Roger

winston todd rice

your a bunch of dumbasses, show proof it is overfished.

BC

A victory for some and fear for others. Many folks make their living fishing that fish. This is a multifaceted topic and all perspectives should be considered before forming an opinion of victory. People feed their families off of that fish.

Emmy Nicklin

In response to Winston Todd Rice:

The latest scientific assessment of the menhaden population showed that overfishing is occurring and that it occurred in 32 out of the last 54 years. The population is about 8 percent of what it once was. A panel of independent scientists warned that this is unsustainable and called for action to increase the population. Over the last 25 years the menhaden population has declined 86 percent. In addition to the disruption this causes the coastal ecosystem, it has meant the loss of many fishery-related jobs. If we sit back and do nothing about it, more will be lost, maybe permanently. Truthfully, that would be the “dumb” way to respond to this situation.

Emmy Nicklin

In response to BC:

We understand and agree that management of the menhaden fishery (like any fishery) must be sensitive to the fishermen. But in the past, menhaden management has been sensitive ONLY to the fishermen and has left this fishery basically unregulated. Now the population is at its lowest point on record, and fewer people are able to make a living off menhaden than ever before. The latest scientific advice says we need to turn this around by adopting more conservative reference points, just like the ASMFC has just done. Yes, we want more fish in the water for striped bass and other fish and seabirds to eat, but we also need a larger menhaden population so it can support stable fisheries into the future. This action is the responsible thing to do for both the fish and the fishermen.

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