KEN MORAN: Fishing business prepping for bunker talks
This summer bunker schools have been the prey of many species off Long Island's coast, including sharks, and while this feast has been going on, fisheries managers and corporate entities along the Atlantic Coast are busy preparing for a week of heavy bunker discussion.
The reduction of menhaden, widely dubbed by Dr. Bruce H. Franklin as "The Most Important Fish in the Sea," is such a concern that the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASFMC) is meeting to consider whether its harvest should be significantly lowered for the first time in years.
Analysis: The article is incorrect in its claim that Omega's operations in the Chesapeake Bay are leading to the menhaden population being overfished. While the ASMFC recently did conclude that overfishing had occured in 2008, while the level of fishing only slightly above the mortality threshold, it was the only year in the past ten years that overfishing was judged to have occured. The ASMFC concluded that while overfishing did occur in 2008, the menhaden population was not overfished.
November 27, 2013 -- The opinion piece by Dick Russell (Conservation is Essential to Save the Striper, Vineyard Gazette Oct. 31) misinforms readers concerning the actions of Omega Protein. His anecdotes and claims regarding the menhaden fishery were clearly not fact-checked, resulting in an error-laden piece on an otherwise important issue — sustainable fisheries management.
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