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THE PEW ENVIRONMENT GROUP MENHADEN OFTEN CALLED "THE MOST IMPORTANT FISH IN THE SEA" Menhaden are needed as food by larger fish such as striped bass and cod and wildlife such as whales and dolphins. They are also ground up and reduced to fish oil supplements, pet food, fertilizer, and more. Population of menhaden has plummeted 88% 88% over the last 25 years. VABOUT/ of the Atlantic menhaden catch comes from the CHESAPEAKE BAY and surrounding ocean waters. In 1955, the fishery supported 23 menhaden reduction factories in 1955 2011 10 states along the Atlantic coast. Today, because there are fewer fish, there is ONLY ONE factory left, in Virginia. BY WEIGHT, more menhaden are caught than any other fish on the East Coast. Safe fishing THE PAST since President targets have been missed for 50 YEARS, was in office. Eisenhower 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 197 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996199719981999 20002001 20022003200420052006 co0 2008 DECLINING AMOUNTS OF MENHADEN IN THE DIET: OSPREY 75% in 1980s 24% in 2010 STRIPED BASS 77% in 1950s 7% in 2010 WEAKFISH 42% in 1991 3.3% in 2010 BLUEFISH 41% in 1991 11.6% in 2010 NEXT STEPS TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A HEALTHY MARINE ENVIRONMENT, PEW AND ITS ALLIES ARE CALLING FOR: 1. IMMEDIATE ACTION TO REBUILD THE MENHADEN POPULATION - delaying and maintaining the status quo have been tried, have failed, and are not scientifically defensible. 4X 2. Management measures that adhere to the best scientific guidance and allow menhaden stocks to REBUILD TO AT LEAST FOUR TIMES THEIR CURRENT SIZE. 3. An action plan to GIVE FISHERY MANAGERS THE TOOLS THEY NEED to ensure successful rebuilding, including consideration of a coastwide catch limit. www.PEWENVIRONMENT.ORG/MENHADEN


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Menhaden is one of the most important " most important fish in the sea" because it's a source of food for other important fish and it is used to make fish oil supplements, pet food, fertilizer and mor...


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