Take Action on Thursday, December 8!
The ASMFC will host a public hearing about the future of menhaden management and your attendance and participation in process is requested.
The meeting will take place at 6:30 PM at:
NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife
Nacote Creek Marine Law Enforcement Office
360 North New York Road, Mile Marker 51
Port Republic, New Jersey
Contact: Russ Allen at 609.748.2020
The ASMFC is considering updates to the menhaden fishery management plan that will leave more fish in the water for predators like striped bass and bluefish, and update state-by-state quota allocations.
For those of you who have been on the water this fall, you’ve seen huge bunker schools and hopefully got to enjoy some of the EPIC blitz fishing! It’s been an incredible fishing experience and even better for the health of the marine ecosystem. When was the last time anyone saw humpback whales in Perth Amboy or up the Hudson at the GW Bridge?!
To keep the progress rolling, we need to lock in this success by establishing “Ecological Reference Points, (ERP)” accounting for the needs of all predators. Now is not the time to risk taking a step backwards. We also need to make sure that that there is an equitable distribution of the catch. One company, Omega Protein, should not be allowed to get 80% of the fish to grind up for pet food and Asian aquaculture feed. The bait sector deserves a larger slice of the pie.
Please make every effort to attend this hearing. If you plan to go or comment, please reach out to me, and I can provide you with additional background and talking points: [email protected], 732-614-3373.
If you are unable to make the meeting on December 8th, you can submit written comments until January 4th. To review the document please see: Public Information Document (PID) for Draft Amendment 3 (http://asmfc.org/files/PublicInput/AtlMenhadenAmend3PID_PublicComment.pdf).
Thank you in advance for doing your part!
Fair winds and tight lines,
Capt. Paul Eidman
ASMFC Atlantic Menhaden Advisory Panel