Protection for the most important fish in the sea

The news: Despite protests from Virginia, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted Wednesday to limit the catch of menhaden by up to 37 percent. Menhaden, considered "the most important fish in the sea" by conservationists, play a key role in the food chain for rockfish and other species. Our take: The decision attracted tremendous public attention and fierce lobbying, particularly from Omega Protein, which processes the fish for animal feed, nutritional supplements and other uses. But ultimately, the commission listened to the science. Menhaden have routinely been overfished for decades, and the population is now just 8 percent of historic levels. Readers respond: Don't the Republicans care about anything but the almighty dollar? When the population of menhaden goes so do the rockfish, bluefish and the many other species that depend on it as food. --HelpUSa
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