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.
January 8, 2013 -- Ultimately, although all sides support a large, healthy, sustainable menhaden population, stakeholders are diametrically opposed on the means used to achieve that. The ASMFC's decision is really just an educated guess as to what's best for the vital menhaden fishery.
- Research from Maryland's Oxford Cooperative Lab suggests climate is why striped bass and menhaden are not plentiful at the same time