After receiving plenty of pressure from environmentalists and recreational fishermen (and those two categories are not mutually exclusive!), the folks who manage Atlantic coast fishing (The ASMFC) decided yesterday in Boston to reduce the catch of menhaden (aka pogies or bunker) by as much as 37 percent of the number caught last year.
The vote by should help provide forage for stripers, bluefish, tuna, and many other animals that depend on menhaden for food. Read more about it in a Washington Post article here.
A big THANKS to all the folks who wrote letters influencing this decision and to the many groups who rallied public support, including (in no particular order) The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Recreational Fishing Alliance, The Coastal Conservation Association, The National Coalition for Marine Conservation, The Herring Alliance, Menhaden Defenders and many more. An incredible number of fishing clubs and associations also got involved and submitted written comments and attended public meetings, and the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association even organized a “Pogey Bus” that stopped to pick up Massachusetts Striped Bass Association members on the way to the meetings in Boston.