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Bass, Menhaden, Everything


The striped bass of the Chesapeake, and therefore the Eastern Seaboard, got a dose of good news this week with a big spike in the Young of the Year numbers.

I spoke briefly with my friend John Page Williams of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation about it, and he said it has everything to do with ideal weather conditions during spawn and early life stage.

Of course, the best news for the striped bass in the long run could come out of the ASMFC meeting in Boston in two weeks. Williams and his friends in the CCA and other conservation groups have been working hard to ensure that the result comes down in favor of protecting the bass. “It looks to be a landmark vote,” said John Page.


Also of paramount importance is what happens to the menhaden. The ASMFC has to vote on whether to raise the population threshold from eight percent to 15 percent, as explained in this article from the Richmond Times Dispatch.

Midcurrent also lays it out in detail here, with a link on how to write your local ASMFC rep about it. (Here is the direct link to the state by state directory.)

Here’s a chart that shows why you need to write.

The steep decline


CBF Asks, A Turning Point For Menhaden?

from the CBF blog

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation reports on its blog about the opportunity to change the menhaden management plan for the better. 

The post again sheds light on the extreme harvest practices of Omega Protein, a company that should be on the enemies list of all recreational fishermen.





The Menhaden Problem

An article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch about the debate between anglers and scientists who have seen a decline in the atlantic menhaden population and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the Omega Protein Corporation, who say the baitfish population is just fine.

From the vantage point of my home waters on the Western Sound, I’m going with the scientists and anglers.