Nov 12, 2016 12:28 PM

Future of menhaden management up for debate with managers

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — Interstate fishing managers are hosting public hearings about the future of the menhaden fishery, which they say is in good shape.

Atlantic menhaden are small fish that swim in large schools and represent a key piece of the ocean's food chain. They are also fished commercially, in part because of their use as a dietary supplement and for use as bait.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission says menhaden are not being overfished and their reproduction is good. The commission is holding a series of hearings about the way it regulates the fishery.

The hearings are set to take place between Nov. 30 and Dec. 20 in cities from Florida to Maine. Regulators are seeking input from fishermen and other stakeholders about how the fishery is managed.

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