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The menhaden mystery
The menhaden mystery

At a historic meeting in Baltimore recently, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), the fisheries management body representing 15 states along the Eastern Seaboard, resolved to cap the harvest of menhaden at 20 percent less than the average landings of 2009-2011. On hand at the meeting were menhaden industry lobbyists and executives as well as deck hands, recreational anglers, state marine resource officials and conservationists — a dizzying array of stakeholders, each presenting arguments bolstered by evidence designed to make their opponents seem unreasonable. Someone walking in off of the street would have been forgiven for assuming that the presenters were...

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