ALL ABOUT THE BAIT

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New York’s out­stand­ing striper fish­ing is the re­sult of bait con­cen­tra­tions, par­tic­u­larly an in­crease in men­haden. In 2012, the At­lantic States Ma­rine Fish­eries Com­mis­sion be­gan to reg­u­late the men­haden catch by large-scale, low-value re­duc­tion fish­eries: specif­i­cally, one com­pany that catches 85 per­cent of the quota — mil­lions of pounds — and grinds them up into things like fish meal and fish oil. A 20 per­cent re­duc­tion in 2012 would be the ob­vi­ous rea­son we’re see­ing such num­bers now. Although the in­dus­try ar­gues that the in­crease is due to fa­vor­able en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions and, thus, has been push­ing for more quota ever since. The ASMFC is cur­rently work­ing on an amend­ment to re­dis­tribute the quota and man­age men­haden as an essen­tial prey species.

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