SHORE FISHING: Commission could increase menhaden catch

This story has been updated to make a correction. New Jersey’s purse seine fishermen have reached their allocation of menhaden. It was incorrectly reported.

New Jersey commercial bait fishermen want to see the coastwide catch of menhaden increased nearly 80,000 metric tons.

“We’re focused on the science. If the science supports an increase, we want to take it,” said Jeff Kaelin from Lunds Fisheries, a commercial fishing operation in Cape May.

This story has been updated to make a correction. New Jersey’s purse seine fishermen have reached their allocation of menhaden. It was incorrectly reported.

New Jersey commercial bait fishermen want to see the coastwide catch of menhaden increased nearly 80,000 metric tons.

“We’re focused on the science. If the science supports an increase, we want to take it,” said Jeff Kaelin from Lunds Fisheries, a commercial fishing operation in Cape May.

The amount of menhaden fishermen will be able to take from the water next year will be decided Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia, when the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission meets.

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