The Atlantic menhaden doesn't look like much, but it's not called "the most important fish in the sea" for nothing. These little fish are critical food for striped bass, bluefish, tuna, whales, porpoises, seabirds and other wildlife.
Protect Atlantic menhaden from dangerous overfishing »
By weight, more menhaden are caught than any other fish on the East Coast, and its population is now less than 10 percent of its historic level.
As the menhaden population suffers, so do our coastal economies, where thousands of commercial and recreational fishing businesses rely on the predatory fish that depend on menhaden as a food.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has taken a historic first step to restore menhaden by laying out a plan that could significantly increase the number left in the ocean, finally taking into account the needs of their predators.
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