Capt. Wendelin Giebel from Long Island, NY researched accounts of the menhaden fishery going back to Bigelow and Schroeder- Fishes of the Gulf of Maine, G. Brown Goode, NY Times articles dating to the late eighteen hundreds, old fisheries bulletins, local newspaper accounts, wood cuts and prints from the 1800’s, northern landings data, captains observations etc. In order to account for the observations he estimated there had to be at least 100 adult fish in the waters of the east coast where now there is one (1).
Capt. Giebel put together the graph in this post that shows the menhaden spawning biomass collapse. Even if it is slightly off, it clearly tells a story of the diminished and diminishing menhaden population. ASMFC needs to do something now, not later, later will be too late.
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