Regulators to Consider Menhaden Quota Increase

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On October 26, 2016, the Atlantic States Fisheries Management Commission’s Menhaden Management Board announced that it will consider increasing the Atlantic coast menhaden quota by 10%.

This is concerning to many recreational anglers, who have noticed a dramatic increase in the amount of menhaden since the ASMFC lowered the commercial quota by 20% in 2012. Menhaden are a critical forage species for most, if not all, inshore game fish in New England. If the proposal is approved, it would return the menhaden quota to it pre-2012 level.

Members of the public who wish to voice their objection or support of the proposed quota increase can send an email to BasicPatrick@aol.com(MSBA Govt. Affairs Chairperson Patrick Paquette).

On October 26, the Massachusetts Striped Bass Association, a recreational fishing group, will rally its members and other concerned fishermen to voice their objection to the proposal by attending the annual ASMFC meeting in Bar Harbor, Maine. The group will depart from Boston between 6:15 and 6:30 a.m. Volunteer drivers are being sought. For more information CLICK HERE.

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On October 26, 2016, the Atlantic States Fisheries Management Commission’s Menhaden Management Board announced that it will consider increasing the Atlantic coast menhaden quota by 10%.

This is concerning to many recreational anglers, who have noticed a dramatic increase in the amount of menhaden since the ASMFC lowered the commercial quota by 20% in 2012. Menhaden are a critical forage species for most, if not all, inshore game fish in New England. If the proposal is approved, it would return the menhaden quota to it pre-2012 level.

Members of the public who wish to voice their objection or support of the proposed quota increase can send an email to BasicPatrick@aol.com(MSBA Govt. Affairs Chairperson Patrick Paquette).

On October 26, the Massachusetts Striped Bass Association, a recreational fishing group, will rally its members and other concerned fishermen to voice their objection to the proposal by attending the annual ASMFC meeting in Bar Harbor, Maine. The group will depart from Boston between 6:15 and 6:30 a.m. Volunteer drivers are being sought. For more information CLICK HERE.