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Save the Manhaden...now!

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Originally Posted: October 30, 2012

Save the Manhaden...now!

FROM Endangered Species Coalition

ACTION

Manhaden are being scooped out of the ocean at a rate of more than 400 million pounds per year to be ground up and used as fertilizer, agricultural feed, and dietary supplements. Tell Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to enact a moratorium to restore this critically important fish. Whales, dolphins, and ospreys don't have high-priced lobbyists to influence decision makers, but Omega Protein--the $100M corporation responsible for taking roughly 3/4 of the year's Atlantic catch of menhaden for FISH OIL--certainly does. Omega has successfully fought attempts to reign in their exploitation of menhaden for years. The ASMFC will meet just over a month from now to consider how to address this looming crisis.

Sign an online petition (copy/paste URL into your browser):
http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6014/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12020

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Dr. Daniel
1050 N. Highland Street, Suite 200 A-N
Arlington VA 22201
phone 703/842-0740
fax 703/842-0741
comment@asmfc.org

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Some may not have heard of them, but menhaden are considered by many scientists to be “the most important fish in the sea.” These incredible foot-long filter-feeding silver fish live on a diet of plankton and serve a critically important role in the ocean's food chain. Striped bass, bluefish, bottlenose dolphins, ospreys, terns, endangered humpback whales, and many other species depend on menhaden for food and need these fish to endure.

Unfortunately, menhaden stocks are at an all-time low--declining by nearly 90 percent in just 25 years. These fish aren't destined for your local seafood market or 5 star restaurant either. They're being scooped out of the ocean at a rate of more than 400 million pounds per year to be ground up and used as fertilizer, agricultural feed, and dietary supplements. Menhaden are a crucial part of the marine food chain but they are currently being fished much faster than they can recover.

That could change soon. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will meet just over a month from now to consider how to address this looming crisis.


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