Menhaden, one of the key forage species in the Atlantic Ocean, have never been effectively managed. As a result, the stock is now being seriously overfished and has declined to near-record low levels of abundance. It is critical for the ASMFC to enact a new management plan which reduces fishing mortality on menhaden by at least 25 percent through the implementation of a coast-wide quota and a mandatory catch reporting system for all commercial harvesters.
The hearing in Portland will be conducted by the ASMFC and the Maine Department of Marine Resources and is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17 at 5 p.m. in the Casco Bay Lines conference room at the Ferry Terminal, 56 Commercial Street. CCA-Maine President Mac McKeever will deliver CCA’s official position at the hearing.
We encourage all CCA-Maine members and anyone else interested in marine conservation to get involved in this major effort. Here are three ways you can help make a difference:
1) Attend the public hearing in Portland on Wednesday, October 17 and speak up for menhaden conservation. The in-depth Angler’s Guide to Amendment 11 prepared by CCA (attached) includes a preface under the heading “Tell The ASMFC” listing six key points you can make at the hearing
2) Send written comments making those same key points to Maine’s three ASMFC commissioners – the following link contains contact information for the commissioners: http://www.asmfc.org/commissioners.htm
3) Submit those same key points in writing to the ASMFC at firstname.lastname@example.org (yes, mwaine is correct!) using the subject line Amendment 11 to Menhaden Management Plan
We’ve seen before how your involvement can make a difference, so we are counting on you again. Thank you for your support.