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    Default Wanna catch bigger Rockfish? Take action NOW!

    We all like to catch big Rockfish. Big Rockfish like to eat little Menhaden. More little Menhaden equals more big Rockfish. It's that simple...

    The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) currently manages Menhaden as a single species without any recognition of it's critical role at the base of the marine food chain.

    The commission will be meeting on 11/13-14 to vote on Amendment 3. Option E of that amendment recognizes the need to manage Menhaden from an ecosystem perspective rather than just a single species. That means maintaining menhaden stocks at a level that takes the health of the entire food chain into account.

    The ASFMC is accepting public comment until 10/24. It take a little over minute to add you name and share your concerns on this topic that is vital to the health of our beloved Striped Bass. Just follow the link below and hit the Take Action button.

    http://www.cbf.org/take-action/

    This is an excerpt from that page:

    "The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) is now accepting comments on proposed changes to its menhaden management plan—changes that could determine whether this vital fish thrives or struggles in the future.

    Menhaden—a small, silvery, nutrient-rich fish—is a vital link in the Chesapeake Bay's food web. Often called the "most important fish in the sea," menhaden serve as an important food source for striped bass, birds, and marine mammals. But the Chesapeake Bay has not been seeing the number of young menhaden it did historically, raising concerns for scientists, anglers, and anyone who cares about the health of the Bay.

    As ASMFC considers revisions to its fishery management plan, it is essential that menhaden's vital ecological role be a top priority. Send a message to ASMFC right now—before the October 24 deadline. Tell them you want a strong, ecosystem-based management plan for "the most important fish in the sea."

    Now is the moment to implement ecological management for menhaden. We're advocating management to:

    - Ensure menhaden are managed for their important role as a forage fish in the ecosystem—ensuring that enough fish are left in the water to support their many predators.
    - Guarantee unused quota in menhaden harvests are not carried over into the next year's harvest.
    - Ensure all the menhaden is included in the coastwide Total Allowable Catch (TAC).
    - Reduce the current cap on reduction harvest in Chesapeake Bay to address ongoing concerns about low menhaden abundance."

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    It's that simple...
    Bruce

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    Super simple, added my name to the list.

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    Thanks for the link Bruce.
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    Signed, thanks for letting us know Bruce
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    Ditto...next signer...
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    Signed as well. Thanks for letting us know!
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    bump

    The 24th is fast approaching!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EMSer View Post
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    The 24th is fast approaching!

    Done and done!
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    Join us once more to raise your voice for menhaden!

    menhaden
    What: ASMFC Final Action Hearing on Atlantic Menhaden

    When: Monday, Nov. 13, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
    Where: BWI Marriott Hotel, 1743 W. Nursery Road, Linthicum, MD
    RSVP: Contact Anna Mudd at amudd@cbf.org or 443-482-2103
    Dear Ronald,

    BIG thanks to you for standing up for menhaden, "the most important fish in the sea."

    Because of the outpouring of support from you and other committed advocates, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), the group of Atlantic coastal state representatives that manages and conserves nearshore fish species, received more than 127,000 individual comments supporting strong, ecosystem-based reference points in the management of Atlantic Menhaden. THANK YOU!

    But now we need your help once more.
    ASMFC is meeting on November 13 to review these comments and take a final vote on this important issue. And we need you there.

    Menhaden are a crucial link in the Bay's ecosystem. But the Chesapeake Bay is not seeing the number of young menhaden it did historically, raising concerns for anyone who cares about the Bay's health.

    Join whale watchers, charter boat captains, bait fisherman, sport fisherman, scientists, bird enthusiasts, students, conversation advocates, and Bay lovers for this historic vote!

    Arrive early and join us in the "Bunker Room" for lunch, gear demos, giveaways, and more! To RSVP, contact me at amudd@cbf.org or 443-482-2103.

    Hope to see you there!

    anna mudd

    Anna Mudd
    Maryland Advocacy and Outreach Manager
    Chesapeake Bay Foundation

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