Anyone paying attention to those things that have a negative impact on the environment, and more specifically, the ocean, will not need to be bought up to speed on the overfishing of Menhaden, or Bunker. It has been the topic of bestselling books, and, nobody needs another depressing diatribe by a fly angler on the decline of the fish. (Though, said fisherman cannot be blamed for their frustration.)
Nor should we all remain quiet. So, let’s keep it simple. No Bunker, Menhaden, etc, ….no Striped Bass. (among other species.) Omega Protein insists its half-billion pound Menhaden harvest is not making a dent in the resource. Make sense to you?
“The most important fish in the sea” has been put through more than 50 years of overfishing. The stock is at a record low. Who is suffering from the loss of menhaden? You are.
Omega Protein has been doing everything it can to prevent the implementation of a total allowable catch and a rebuilding effort. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, they maintain that menhaden are merely suffering from poor recruitment – their half billion pound harvest has nothing to do with it: Don’t let them get away with it!