National Fisherman


On Friday, an interstate regulatory commission is expected to decide the fate of what some consider the biggest little fish in the sea — the Atlantic menhaden.

That decision will ripple through the Chesapeake Bay and up and down the Eastern seaboard. It will affect small business owners and recreational anglers, conservationists and tourism groups, Virginia lawmakers and those who earn their living from what is by weight the largest fishery on the East Coast.

At issue is whether this oily, bony forage fish will for the first time be protected by a coast-wide target catch limit in a bid to rebuild a population that studies show has plummeted about 90 percent in the last 25 years.

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Inside the Industry

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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