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Menhaden Muddle Series

By Charlie Hutchinson

The Menhaden Muddle Series is a collection of writings by Charlie Hutchinson, member of the Dorchester County chapter of the MSSA. Charlie began writing a series of articles designed to gain attention and put an end to the devastation of the atlantic menhaden by the reduction fishery. Charlie has published many of these articles and several more in local and state papers. Charlie is MSSA's lead on the menhaden issue and the menhaden muddle series explains the MSSA's position as well as what needs to be done to restore and sustain a healthy menhaden fishery.


Menhaden Muddle #12

What's next for Menhaden management?

Now that the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has recognized that the present management methods are not working, what action should we demand from the Management Board? At the very least we should expect that this regulatory body fairly and impartially manage the resource for the benefit of the public to whom this resource belongs.

Much of the current regulations for various species is based on maximum sustainable yield and that philosophy has been used for menhaden. It is not appropriate for forage fish .It has not worked for herring and it is not working for menhaden .The fact that we have the lowest abundance ever pretty much proves the point those of us who are concerned with this situation need to contact the commissioners from our state and make it clear to them that business as usual is not acceptable. Neither are halfway measures such as the Bay cap It simply provided a reason for more investigation at our expense, yielding no guidance, but looked good on paper.

What we should demand are the following:

  1. Regulations which actually rebuild the stock to a point where predators needs are satisfied.
  2. Abundance should be at a minimum halfway between the 1981 high and the 2008 low.
  3. New abundance target to be met in a reasonable time.
  4. Regulations to be in place by early 2011.
  5. Provide a means of tracking progress on an annual basis.
  6. Use economics and the course of least damage to those affected by new regulations to resolve conflict.

Previous Menhaden Articles:

Menhaden Muddle #33
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE MENHADEN BOARD

Menhaden Muddle #32
WHAT'S UP WITH OMEGA PROTEIN?

Menhaden Muddle #31
MORE VIEWPOINTS ON MENHADEN ECONOMICS

Menhaden Muddle #30
THE OUTFALL FROM BEANTOWN

Menhaden Muddle #29
ANOTHER INCONVENIENT TRUTH

Menhaden Muddle #28

Menhaden ALERT

End Overfishing of Menhaden

Menhaden Muddle #27
NEXT MOVES ON MENHADEN

Menhaden Muddle #26
A CRITIQUE...

Menhaden Muddle #25
SOME MANAGEMENT MEASURES FOR CONSIDERATION

Menhaden Muddle #24
ASMFC'S Challenge

Menhaden Muddle #23
ASMFC'S Dilemma

Menhaden Muddle #22

Menhaden Muddle #21

Menhaden Muddle #20

Menhaden Muddle #19

Menhaden Muddle #18

Menhaden Muddle #17

Menhaden Muddle #16
What would Izaak do?

Menhaden Muddle #15

Menhaden Muddle #14

Menhaden Muddle #13
Menhaden Unmuddled?

Menhaden Muddle #12
What's next for Menhaden Management?

Menhaden Muddle #11

Menhaden Muddle #10

Menhaden Muddle #9

Menhaden Muddle #8

Menhaden Muddle #7

Menhaden Muddle #6

Menhaden Muddle #5

Menhaden Muddle #4

Menhaden Muddle #3

Menhaden Muddle #2

Menhaden Muddle #1


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