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Menhaden Story - Overfishing of this small fish by a
Virginia Company endangers all Atlantic wildlife:
Seabirds, Whales, and game fish.
Guris <email@example.com> May 14 05:37PM
This article is a must read for anybody interested in
our marine life on
the state of the overfishing of Menhaden on the Atlantic
Coast and its
impact on the ecosystem. Just one rendering plant is
using planes and
purse seines to harvest 250-500 million pounds a year,
more than any other
fish harvest on our coast. This is a major food source
species of game fish, cetaceans, and seabirds. I have
Gannets massing on schools of young Menhaden multiple
times. The fat and
oil in a Menhaden make it the best food source for many
of these animals.
Read the whole article at:
One quote from the article puts it all into perspective:
*Harvested by the billions and then processed into
products, menhaden are extruded into feed pellets that
make up the staple
food product for a booming global aquaculture market,
diluted into oil for
omega-3 health supplements, and sold in various meals
and liquids to
companies that make pet food, livestock feed,
fertilizer, and cosmetics. We
have all consumed menhaden one way or another. Pound for
menhaden are pulled from the sea than any other fish
species in the
continental United States, and 80 percent of the
menhaden netted from the
Atlantic are the property of a single company.
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