Atlantic menhaden is a critical food source for nearly every major marine predator up and down the Atlantic coast. These predators – and the balance of the entire ecosystem – can only thrive when every part of the food web thrives. If populations of menhaden drop too low, everything from striped bass and bluefish to humpback whales and seabirds will have a harder time finding food. We need menhaden managers to know that it’s unacceptable to allow populations of menhaden to drop to risky levels. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is accepting public comments, but only through October 24. So take action today: Tell the Commission to protect the most important fish in the sea!

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Protect the most important fish in the sea

Dear Atlantic Menhaden Board Chair Robert Ballou, Commissioners, and Staff:

Atlantic menhaden is a critical food source for nearly every major marine predator up and down the Atlantic coast. These predators can only thrive when every part of the food web thrives. If populations of menhaden drop too low, everything from striped bass and bluefish to humpback whales and seabirds will have a harder time finding food.



This decision is a historic opportunity to invest in the future of our Atlantic fisheries, which depend on menhaden. Please adopt ecological reference points now by selecting Issue 2.6, Option E, which is based on the best available science, is considerate of the needs of marine predators, and is the right way to manage an incredibly valuable public resource.

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