[PAST EVENT] Menhaden: The most important fish in the sea?

March 28, 2013
VIMS - Watermen's Hall, McHugh Auditorium
1375 Greate Road
Gloucester Point, VA 23062Map this location
The Virginia General Assembly recently voted to reduce the commercial catch of Atlantic menhaden in Virginia waters by 20%, bringing Virginia in line with other states along the Eastern seaboard in a coast-wide management plan adopted by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) in December. Join Dr. Rob Latour of VIMS as he explores the issues surrounding Atlantic menhaden, their commercial harvest, and the recreational fisheries that target menhaden predators such as striped bass.

Latour's presentation is the March installment of the 2013 After Hours Lecture Series at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Latour is a member and past chair of the menhaden technical committee for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, the body charged with management of menhaden populations along the U.S. East Coast. He has worked with colleagues at VIMS and elsewhere to determine menhaden abundance in the Bay, to quantify the role that menhaden play in filtering water and sustaining predators, and to better understand the process by which young menhaden are "recruited" into the adult population.

Reservations to this free public lecture series are required due to limited space. {{http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e73ys2skbaa2028f&oseq,Register to attend in person}} or call 804-684-7846 for further information. {{http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e73yto3550bab68c&oseq, Register to view the online webinar}}.

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