Public Hearings Set for Menhaden
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has scheduled public hearings on its management plan for menhaden (draft amendment 2).  The draft proposal is open for public comment through November 16.

This is your chance to be heard as the Commission nears an important decision to introduce a coastwide quota on menhaden which will mean that fishing stops once the limit is reached.


Just click on the town names below to get directions to the hearing venues.

If you can't make it to a hearing, please sign our petition or write to your ASMFC commissioner directly!

Monday, 10/15 (7 PM)
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
Urban Forestry Center
45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Please contact Doug Grout at 603.868.1095 for more information.

Monday, 10/15 (6 PM)
Virginia Marine Resources Commission
VRMC Headquarters, 4th Floor
2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia.
Please contact Rob O'Reilly at 757.247.2247 for more information.

Tuesday, 10/16 (5:30 PM)
Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
Joseph Bourne Public Library
19 Sandwich Road, Bourne, Massachusetts.
Please contact David Pierce at 617.626.1532 for more information.

Tuesday, 10/16 (7 PM)
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
DEEP Marine Headquarters, Boating Education Center
333 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, Connecticut.
Please contact David Simpson at 860.434.6043 for more information.

Wednesday, 10/17 (5 PM)
Maine Department of Marine Resources
Casco Bay Lines Conference Room
56 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine.
Please contact Terry Stockwell at 207.624.6553 for more information.

Thursday, 10/18 (3 PM)
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture Science & Technology Center
60 St. Stephens Road, Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Please contact David Simpson at 860.434.6043 for more information.

Thursday, 10/18 (6 PM)
North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries
Central District Office Building, 5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City, North Carolina.
Please contact Trish Murphey at 252.726.7021 for more information.

Thursday, 10/18 (6-9 PM)
Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Lancaster Middle School Auditorium
191 School Street, Kilmarnock, Virginia.
Please contact Rob O'Reilly at 757.247.2247 for more information.

RESCHEDULED - Friday, 11/2 (6 PM)
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
DNREC Auditorium, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, Delaware.
Please contact John Clark at 302.739.9914 for more information.

RESCHEDULED - Thursday, 11/1 (7 PM)
Potomac River Fisheries Commission
222 Taylor Street, Colonial Beach, Virginia.
Please contact AC Carpenter at 804.224.7148 for more information.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Easton Armory, 7111 Ocean Gateway (Route 50), Easton, Maryland.
Please contact Lynn Fegley at 410.260.8285 for more information.

Thursday, 11/1 (6 PM)
Rhode Island Division of Fish and Wildlife
University of Rhode Island Bay Campus, Corless Auditorium
South Ferry Road, Narragansett Rhode Island.
Please contact Jason McNamee at 401.423.1943 for more information.

Thursday, 11/1 (7 PM)
New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife
Atlantic County Library, Galloway Township
306 East Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway, New Jersey.
Please contact Peter Himchak at 609.748.2020 for more information.

Thursday, 11/1 (6 – 9 PM)
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Northeast Community Center
4075 Gordon Stinnett Avenue. Chesapeake Beach, Maryland.
Please contact Lynn Fegley at 410.260.8285 for more information.


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Marine Resources Headquarters
205 North Belle Mead Road, Suite 1, East Setauket, New York.
Please contact Steve Heins at 631.444.0430 for more information.

15 Response(s)
Christine Szuszkiewicz S.
on November 10, 2012


Moderation in the catch of menhaden is clearly necessary.
John Dunn
on October 14, 2012


Proper management of the manheden is a crucial step to many fish stocks regaining their health
on October 11, 2012


WHAT ??? On a JUNK FISH that we use for BAIT ???? What's next , limit on MINNOWS !!
Iain Sorrell
on October 11, 2012


Continue to play Jenga with the food chain and sooner or later (and mostly sooner) the whole biomass it supports suddenly collapses. Let's see some real management and stop the plunder!
Jan Roose
on October 10, 2012


Greed,ignorance and stupidity is causing the collapse of our ecosystem. We haven't learnt and we will nerver learn from our mistakes. The growth of our economy (how far can it grow?)seems more important than anything else in this world and many human beings do not seem to understand that the ecosystem needs to be preserved or else we will disappear with it. Money will not allow us to survive in an empty world.
Linda Finch
on October 09, 2012


Over fishing of any fish jeapordizes them all. As you well know, the survival of all is interconnected. Conservation isn't just necessary-it's vital.
on October 09, 2012


Save the menhaden (from Petition site)
Dixie Dickinson
on October 08, 2012


Given the delicate dance biodiversity within any biome requires to maintain its health & sustainability, even the smallest element within the biome must be protected. We do not need another collapsed fishing industry, nor do we need another system altered, Frankenstein style, by the removal of one element in that system by humans [Menhadden along the Atlantic Coast, wolves in the Wyoming region, etc.]. There are too many examples of human caused species eradication going haywire to ignore the possible, yeah, even probable, impact of Menhadden extinction should it be allowed to occur.

Dixie Dickinson
Virginia Beach, VA
Joan Poor
on October 08, 2012


Menhaden must be protected. These little fish have a large and essential role to play in the marine ecosystem. Supporting the menhaden in turn supports all of us.
Chris Emberson
on October 08, 2012


These little fish ae an essential part of our food chain and must be protected now!!!
Garry Spencer
on October 08, 2012


It is absolutely imperative these little fish be protected from continued over fishing - period
Bruce R. Bauer
on October 07, 2012


We, as a nation, can only hope that the are protected in order to keep the ocean's ecosystem intact.
We don't have a 'meeting' in Florida, but even down South commercial and sport fishing is vital to our economy. Our fish migrate and need to eat too.
Boca Raton, FL
Robert King
on October 07, 2012


Let the Menhaden recover. Do not allow commercial fishing of Menhaden. It is that simple. Do it right for ONCE!!!!
E Wald
on October 07, 2012


Whether one is a coastal person or a prairie one as I am doesn't matter. Every living soul needs to be alarmed at the state of the oceans and the fish therein. Every part of the environment is in dire need of sensible action --- the time has run out for more of the seriously flawed decision making of the past.
michelle staples
on October 07, 2012


These fish feed others; they should not be ground up for fertilizer. That is just wrong. The limits should be much less than those proposed.