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Stop the Menhaden Mismanagement Madness

Stop the Menhaden Mismanagement Madness

Menhaden Defenders / Recreational Fishing

Stop the Menhaden Mismanagement Madness By John Kelly for Fly & Light Tackle Anglers Magazine I’m encouraging every veteran angler to take a look at this graph, which shows the decline of Atlantic menhaden since the mid-1980s. Think about your own fishing experiences along this timeline. The data it reflects match up exactly with my own observations across more than 40-plus years of fly and light-tackle fishing. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission needs to close the fishery or at least make sufficient cuts in the harvest, before it’s too late for bunker. I have been fishing since I can remember. The first fish I ever caught was a weakfish at age four. Weakfish are an almost non-existent species these days in southern New England, no thanks to a combination of overfishing and poor menhaden stocks. Along with our current stocks of Atlantic menhaden their northerly and southerly range has shrunk. When I caught that weakfish, I was with my grandfather who passed his love of... Read More »