Tell the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to Protect Menhaden
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Tell the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to Protect Menhaden

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      Greenpeace

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November 2011

Victory

In an overwhelming vote of 14-3, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission took the historic first step of starting to reform the management of menhaden on our Atlantic coast. 

It was all thanks to 90,000 public comments, with the vast majority asking for the protection of this vital fish from industrial overfishing. About one third of these comments came from Greenpeace supporters, via their website and the petition on Change.org

The menhaden population is currently at 8 percent of what it was at unfished levels. The ASMFC has agreed to reduce harvest by 37 percent compared to 2010 levels—that means there will be four times as many menhaden in the ocean as there were in 2010. This victory been a long time coming finally putting real limits on one of our last uncontrolled industrial fisheries. Each and every signature made a difference!

Menhaden have been called "the most important fish in the sea" and it's true—they are the most important fish for sustaining the Atlantic ecosystem. Fish we love to eat, like striped bass, and birds of prey, like the osprey, depend on menhaden for survival. Unfortunately menhaden are a severely depleted species with only 8% of their unfished levels left in our coastal waters. We grind it up and put it into pet food, health supplements and a variety of other uses when there are alternative sources of fish that don't negatively impact the heath our coastal waters.

Right now, we are at a critical point for the menhaden. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is re-evaluating management for this important fish, and they have opened up the dialogue to public comment. It's time the ASFMC hears your voice.

Tell the ASFMC to adopt conservation measures to rebuild the menhaden population allowing it to once again feed our ocean wildlife.

We have until November 2nd at 5pm EST to send in comments. Please Take Action Now!

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      The comment period for this is now over. Thank you all so much for your support, we have sent in a total of 27,776 comments! We couldn't have done this without you.

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      Check out my blog post about my trip with campaigner Phil Kline to Colonial Beach, VA to deliver our comments personally.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Meena Hussain WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      Hi Everyone,

      The comment period for this is now over. Thank you all so much for your support, we have sent in a total of 27,776 comments! We couldn't have done this without you.

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    • Victoria Molinari POULSBO, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      "The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago... had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands."-Henry Havelock Ellis

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    • Alan Francisco SAN YSIDRO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Not regulating menhaden consumption isn't good marine management.

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    • Meena Hussain WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      Less than 3 hours left to get your comments in! Thank you all, please share this action with your friends!

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    • Jacqui Trevillian DIGGERS REST, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      It is too important not to protect these fisheries and their ecosystems, and others like them.

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