Comments to ASMFC

Research Information Relevant to ASMFC’S Public Information Document for the Development of Amendment II

“Chesapeake Bay Ecological Foundation studies indicate that increasing the supply of ages 0&1 menhaden through harvest regulations would mitigate nutritional stress on Chesapeake Bay striped bass. Seasonal and/or area closures of the Exclusive Economic Zone to menhaden harvest would increase prey availability for migratory striped bass. Optimistically, ASMFC decisions concerning Amendment II will include a multi-species approach that will help resolve the fundamental problem – ecological depletion of Atlantic menhaden.”

Comments on ASMFC’s Public Information Document for Amendment II

“Chesapeake Bay Ecological Foundation would like to see Atlantic menhaden managed as a forage fish in which the ecological services they provide take preference over its exploitation as an industrial commodity. After fifteen years of testimony, debate, research and written comments, the Board has not resolved the fundamental problem of ecological depletion of menhaden.”

Depletion of Food Supply Disrupts Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem

“…Now, large numbers of these migratory female striped bass over winter in the upper Bay and compete for food with resident male striped bass. This unprecedented competition for menhaden, blue crab, and white perch further disrupts the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. State and regional management agencies, including ASMFC, should give first priority to the revision of existing fishery management plans to include ecosystem-based approaches adopted by the Chesapeake Bay Program.”