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Maryland Leads the Way to Menhaden Cap
Yesterday, on a motion made by Maryland, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Menhaden Management Board voted overwhelmingly to cap the purse seine harvest of menhaden by the reduction fishery in the Virginia portion of the Chesapeake Bay at the average annual harvest of the previous five years. The cap will remain in effect for five years while Maryland and other coastal states implement a research program to examine the issue of potential local depletion of menhaden in Chesapeake Bay. Read the whole story here.
August 18, 2005
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