Menhaden Stock - Forums
Striped Bass Fishing Site Map | Contact Us | Fishing Log Software | Fishing Online | Advertise
to UPLOAD: please register or login

Go Back Forums > East Coast Regional Forums > DelMarVA
Forgot Password? Register Now!!

DelMarVA Delaware, Maryland, Virginias, the Delaware River and Bay, Chesapeake Bay area. Regional discussion & reports.

Thread Tools
Old 08-25-2004, 10:49 AM
CaptainMorgan!'s Avatar
CaptainMorgan! CaptainMorgan! is offline
Reports and Info Dude
Got a Little Captain in you?
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 1,619
Default Menhaden Stock

You can't find anyone around the shores of the Chesapeake Bay who doesn't have an opinion on the scarcity of menhaden, a small and oily fish that is at the center of decades-old arguments about potential overfishing by selfish commercial interests.
Talk to saltwater sport fishermen in Maryland and Virginia and they will tell you the rockfish (striped bass) they are catching look undernourished, with skin blemishes that some believe are a result of a lack of proper nutrition ? which primarily is made up of menhaden.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and its Atlantic Menhaden Management Board recently approved an addendum to its Interstate Fishery Management Plan that modifies the plan's biological reference points, schedule for stock assessments and habitat provisions regarding this highly important predator forage species. It also is used for various industrial products, including fish oils, vitamins and animal feed.
The addendum is based in part on the recommendations of a menhaden technical committee, which found in its 2003 stock assessment that menhaden are not overfished and overfishing is not occurring on a coastwide basis. This assessment alone will give concerned sport anglers a massive headache because they believe the exact opposite is true.
The latest menhaden population assessment by the Southeast Data, Assessment and Review Panel uses a new modeling approach and fecundity-based biological reference points to determine stock status. These reference points, the ASMFC says, are more accurate and take into account the number of mature ova (eggs). This is a significant departure from the way menhaden assessments have been conducted in the past. The addendum changes the plan's fishing mortality target and threshold levels as recommended by the technical committee.
The ASMFC's management board also will address concerns regarding the possible localized depletion of menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay. A workshop is scheduled Oct. 12-14 that will examine the menhaden's ecological role, especially as a forage fish, and identify management options with respect to this role. Workshop participants will include state, federal and university personnel with expertise in the ecological role of Atlantic menhaden, predator-prey interactions, localized depletion and fisheries ecosystem plans.
The entire addendum can be seen on the commission's Web site at or can be obtained by contacting the commission at 202/289-6400.
Meanwhile, we doubt that anyone at the ASMFC can convince Marylanders and Virginians that all is OK with menhaden populations.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 09-05-2004, 08:08 AM
reelfishin reelfishin is offline
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Yorktown, Va.
Posts: 88

When we were out last year I did not see any large schools of menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay.
Reply With Quote


menhaden, stock

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Menhaden Management Finally Begins archiver Striped Bass Fishery Conservation / Politics / Management / News 1 03-24-2011 10:16 PM
Rhode Island Menhaden Bill OSSCA Rhode Island Fishing 0 02-07-2007 09:44 AM
Plenty of holes in menhaden cap CaptainMorgan! Striped Bass Fishery Conservation / Politics / Management / News 0 02-17-2005 05:11 PM
MENHADEN MATTERS CaptainMorgan! Striped Bass Fishery Conservation / Politics / Management / News 0 12-06-2004 09:06 PM
ASMFC calls for more menhaden study CaptainMorgan! Striped Bass Fishery Conservation / Politics / Management / News 0 12-03-2004 06:19 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:54 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 2004 - 2013 LLC
Affiliated Sites: