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Menhaden

Six reasons why Menhaden are the greatest fish we ever fished.

fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceMay 21, 2014

Menhaden, Brevoortia tyrannus, is, without a doubt, the single most important fish in the western Atlantic. This oily filter-feeder swims in schools so large that they block the sun from penetrating the water’s surface as it regulates ocean health. Earlier this week, we were greeted by news that menhaden stocks were rebounded, yet despite their near-universal importance in […]

PolitiFact calls claims of menhaden declines “Mostly False”, is completely wrong

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceDecember 17, 2012

Despite their small size and plain appearance, menhaden have been called “the most important fish in the sea” because numerous coastal fish species rely on them for food. Although they aren’t typically eaten by humans, there is still a huge fishery for them for bait, aquaculture food, and oil. That fishery has been essentially unregulated, […]

The Menhaden of History

biology, Conservation, ecology, evolution, fisheries, fisheries, geography, marine science, Natural Science, Science, Social ScienceMay 13, 2010

Menhaden were the most important fisheries throughout American history. When the first settlers learn to farm corn, it was with menhaden that they fertilized the seeds. When the whaling industry reached its height, it was outweighed by menhaden oil. Menhaden ruled the ocean from the middle of the food chain, they were the dominant prey […]

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