Reel Therapy Fly Fishing Light tackle Charters Capt. Paul Eidman [email_address] 732 922 4077
 
 
ATLANTIC MENHADEN “ The Most Important Fish in the Sea”
 
 
OVERFISHING <ul><li>Definition:  Overfishing is, simply put, when so many fish are caught that the population can't reprod...
This past spring the ASMFC stated that  overfishing is occurring in the  Commercial Menhaden fishery.  The study team dete...
  Older, larger fish are more valuable and more sought after by both sectors. These same fish are more important to the ec...
Problem:  the latest stock assessment shows that overfishing is occurring on a coastwide basis and has been for 32 of the ...
TWO COMMERCIAL SECTORS: BAIT FISHERY (20%) REDUCTION FISHERY (80%)
Lobster First
 
Industrialization of our local fleets Purse vessel to left carries 45,000 fish Carrier Vessel to right carries 350,000 fish
With dramatic declines in the Atlantic herring fishery, the demand for fresh large adult menhaden is only going to get wor...
Reduction Fishing <ul><li>80% of the Menhaden taken out of Mid Atlantic waters are ground up and “reduced” into  </li></ul...
With the aid of a spotter plane, fishing is easy.  Entire schools are decimated in just one set.
Omega’s Fleet: 47 vessels and 34 aircraft
 
Every Year more than 100,000 metric tons of fish are scooped up along the East Coast. This is more than 200 million pounds...
Any idea how GREAT our fishing would be if there was no Omega to grind the Bunker up?
    It takes 26 pounds of Fish meal to grow 1 pound of Bluefin Tuna
 
 
In the Chesapeake Bay, 70%  percent of the striped bass have mycobacteriosis, (aka MYCO) with less menhaden in the bay, th...
We all have concerns about the current health of the striped bass stocks.  Juvenile recruitment has been low for a few yea...
Without plentiful adult and juvenile Menhaden to feed on, the future of Striped Bass is uncertain
Anybody remember Weakfish?
The future of our gamefish reduced to a bag of meal
61% of Americas fish come from Asian Fish Farms
American Menhaden Fish meal is fed to the fish, and the fish are then sold back to us
From Tilapia to Tuna, many of the fish we eat are raised on Menhaden fish meal and oils
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pigs get to market faster on  Menhaden based protien diets
Yes, even in the milk we give to our children and in the steaks that we eat
Take a good look at your pet food label, chances are it contains fish meal or fish oil from Menhaden
 
Costco’s “KIRKLAND Signature” brand Dog & Cat foods  are made by Diamond Pet Foods a major client of  OMEGA PROTIEN Just l...
The ASMFC has a chance to end over fishing of menhaden. Its up to US, the Recreational fishing community to let them know ...
 
Menhaden Coalition Members <ul><li>American Sport fishing Association  </li></ul><ul><li>Bass Pro Shops  </li></ul><ul><li...
 
Reel Therapy Fly Fishing Light tackle Charters Capt. Paul Eidman [email_address] 732 922 4077
 
 
 
 
Menhaden fish oil on your Pharmacy shelf
 
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  • Slide 2:  Overview of presentation:   A. Menhaden--ecological overview B.  Historical  Relevance to NJ  - Striped bass fishing, bait fishery, etc. C.  History of menhaden wars:  Kicked em out of NJ.  5 years ago, there was concern raised about localized depletion in the chesapeake, and a cap was put into place.   D.   Problem:  the latest stock assessment shows that overfishing is occuring on a coastwide basis 
  • Menhaden presentation rev

    1. 1. Reel Therapy Fly Fishing Light tackle Charters Capt. Paul Eidman [email_address] 732 922 4077
    2. 4. ATLANTIC MENHADEN “ The Most Important Fish in the Sea”
    3. 6.  
    4. 7. OVERFISHING <ul><li>Definition: Overfishing is, simply put, when so many fish are caught that the population can't reproduce enough to replace them. Overfishing can lead to depletion of or extinction of fish populations. The Sustainable Fisheries Act of 1996 defines overfishing as &quot;as a rate or level of fishing mortality that jeopardizes a fishery's capacity to produce maximum sustainable yield (MSY) on a continuing basis.&quot; </li></ul>
    5. 8. This past spring the ASMFC stated that overfishing is occurring in the Commercial Menhaden fishery. The study team determined that overfishing has been occurring 32 out of the last 52 years of this fishery! This is the first time in the History of the Menhaden fishery that there will be an attempt to end overfishing and put a hard cap on the amount of fish being taken out of our waters. The ASMFC is voting in November on this and as recreational anglers, we need to let them know how important this issue is to us.
    6. 9.   Older, larger fish are more valuable and more sought after by both sectors. These same fish are more important to the ecosystem because they produce more eggs as they age and mature.
    7. 10. Problem:  the latest stock assessment shows that overfishing is occurring on a coastwide basis and has been for 32 of the last 54 years!  The stock is at an all time low.  This is no longer a localized problem, this is a coastwide crisis.
    8. 11. TWO COMMERCIAL SECTORS: BAIT FISHERY (20%) REDUCTION FISHERY (80%)
    9. 12. Lobster First
    10. 14. Industrialization of our local fleets Purse vessel to left carries 45,000 fish Carrier Vessel to right carries 350,000 fish
    11. 15. With dramatic declines in the Atlantic herring fishery, the demand for fresh large adult menhaden is only going to get worse. The New England lobster industry is counting on menhaden for bait. Dozens of trucks leave New Jersey ports loaded with thousands of Bunkers destined for lobster traps each day.
    12. 16. Reduction Fishing <ul><li>80% of the Menhaden taken out of Mid Atlantic waters are ground up and “reduced” into </li></ul><ul><li>fish meal and fish oil </li></ul>
    13. 17. With the aid of a spotter plane, fishing is easy.  Entire schools are decimated in just one set.
    14. 18. Omega’s Fleet: 47 vessels and 34 aircraft
    15. 19.  
    16. 20. Every Year more than 100,000 metric tons of fish are scooped up along the East Coast. This is more than 200 million pounds of Menhaden. In recent years, 20% of the landings come from &quot;bait&quot; boats. The vast majority of the rest of the fish are caught for reduction purposes by one company based out of Reedville Virginia
    17. 21. Any idea how GREAT our fishing would be if there was no Omega to grind the Bunker up?
    18. 22.     It takes 26 pounds of Fish meal to grow 1 pound of Bluefin Tuna
    19. 23.  
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    21. 25. In the Chesapeake Bay, 70%  percent of the striped bass have mycobacteriosis, (aka MYCO) with less menhaden in the bay, thousands of sick bass are struggling to survive    
    22. 26. We all have concerns about the current health of the striped bass stocks.  Juvenile recruitment has been low for a few years. With the current rate of decline of Menhaden stocks, the future does not look good at all for our favorite game fish. 
    23. 27. Without plentiful adult and juvenile Menhaden to feed on, the future of Striped Bass is uncertain
    24. 28. Anybody remember Weakfish?
    25. 29. The future of our gamefish reduced to a bag of meal
    26. 30. 61% of Americas fish come from Asian Fish Farms
    27. 31. American Menhaden Fish meal is fed to the fish, and the fish are then sold back to us
    28. 32. From Tilapia to Tuna, many of the fish we eat are raised on Menhaden fish meal and oils
    29. 34.  
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    33. 38.  
    34. 39. Pigs get to market faster on  Menhaden based protien diets
    35. 40. Yes, even in the milk we give to our children and in the steaks that we eat
    36. 41. Take a good look at your pet food label, chances are it contains fish meal or fish oil from Menhaden
    37. 43. Costco’s “KIRKLAND Signature” brand Dog & Cat foods are made by Diamond Pet Foods a major client of OMEGA PROTIEN Just last year, Costco re evaluated all of its seafood products so that they were all sourced from “sustainable” fisheries. Yet, every bag they sell contains Menhaden Fish meal!
    38. 44. The ASMFC has a chance to end over fishing of menhaden. Its up to US, the Recreational fishing community to let them know that we are united together and deeply concerned about the current overfishing situation. We NEED them to change the way Menhaden are being commercially eliminated from the ecosystem and put a LIMIT on the total annual catch.
    39. 45.  
    40. 46. Menhaden Coalition Members <ul><li>American Sport fishing Association </li></ul><ul><li>Bass Pro Shops </li></ul><ul><li>Chesapeake Bay Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Coastal Conservation Association Maryland </li></ul><ul><li>Coastal Conservation Association Virginia </li></ul><ul><li>Falmouth Flats Fly Fishers </li></ul><ul><li>Fly Fishers of Virginia </li></ul><ul><li>Friends of the Rappahannock </li></ul><ul><li>Great Bridge Fisherman’s Association </li></ul><ul><li>Green Top Sporting Goods </li></ul><ul><li>Greenpeace </li></ul><ul><li>James River Association </li></ul><ul><li>Jersey Coast Anglers Association </li></ul><ul><li>Lateral Line Fishing Clothing </li></ul><ul><li>Maryland Saltwater Sport fishermen’s Association </li></ul><ul><li>Massachusetts Striped Bass Association </li></ul><ul><li>National Coalition for Marine Conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Peninsula Saltwater Sport Fishing Association </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Striped Bass Association </li></ul><ul><li>Plum Island Surfcasters (MA) </li></ul><ul><li>Portsmouth Anglers’ Club </li></ul><ul><li>Public Trust Project </li></ul><ul><li>Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers' Association </li></ul><ul><li>Save the Bunker </li></ul><ul><li>Striped Bass Conservation Coalition </li></ul><ul><li>Stripers Forever </li></ul><ul><li>Tidewater Anglers Club </li></ul><ul><li>Virginia Anglers Club </li></ul><ul><li>Virginia Beach Anglers’ Club </li></ul><ul><li>Virginia Coastal Fly Anglers </li></ul><ul><li>Virginia Conservation Network </li></ul><ul><li>Virginia Fly Fishing Festival </li></ul>
    41. 48. Reel Therapy Fly Fishing Light tackle Charters Capt. Paul Eidman [email_address] 732 922 4077
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    45. 53. Menhaden fish oil on your Pharmacy shelf

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