Menhaden Defenders

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 »

Fishermen’s Pet Food Boycott

Fishermen’s Pet Food Boycott

Fishermen's Pet Food Boycott / Menhaden Defenders

Fisherman have a unique connection with each other that is rarely talked about. We are animal people! We love our dogs, cats, horses etc. Personally, I have three dogs, two cats, two goats and a horse and this takes me pet food shopping very often. Anglers buy ALOT of pet food and this gives us power as consumers to change the game. For those of you that have read my past blogs, you know that I am really into the conservation of forage fish (Think: Gamefish food) because I realize that our sport depends on this vital part of the food chain to exist. All over the world, smaller fish like menhaden, herring, anchovy, etc are being ground up and turned into fish meal and fish oil. The demand for high quality, inexpensive protien, omega -3 fatty acids and minerals is skyrocketing and forage fish are being rapidly and carelessly vacuumed up and depleted. The vast majority of these prey species have fallen through the cracks and regulations have yet to catch up. The commercial fishing compani... Read More »