Well that’s not what I heard…she said WHAT about menhaden?

Ahh, the public process. That sacrosanct American tradition of deciding what the hell to do by gathering in a meeting hall, drinking bad coffee and boring each other to tears . It wouldn’t be the same without the escalating op ed and editorial wars leading up to a decision, as all the players start to get their last arguments in.

Want to know the he said/she said about menhaden before tomorrow’s showdown? I’ll do my best to keep this updated as the opinions, blog posts and editorials come rolling in. Let me know if I missed any.

Basic meeting information

Webinar access to the meeting

The Agenda for the meeting

Background

A timeline of Atlantic menhaden management

News articles

A vote on menhaden could ripple along the Atlantic [Daily Press]

Fisheries panel to rule on menhaden [Baltimore Sun]

PolitiFact Rhode Island fact check Pew Environment Group says the Atlantic menhaden population has declined by 90 percent in recent years [PolitiFact Rhode Island]

Regulators to vote on menhaden catch limits [AP via Virginia Pilot]

Menhaden Defenders want big turnout [Asbury Park Press]

Showdown looms on menhaden harvest [Capital City Gazette]

Record profits in menhaden as management battle brews [Daily Press - behind paywall]

Battle brews over small, vital fish [New York Times Green blog]

Small fish, huge role [Delmarva Now]

Big vote on small fish [CT News Junkie]

Longer features

Omega Protein hiring hundreds of foreign workers boasting jobs in the US  [The Public Trust Project]

The oiliest catch [Conservation Magazine]

Op eds, blog posts, and editorials

Bruce Franklin, author of the The Most Important Fish in the Sea: Menhaden catch limits vital to ecosystem, economy [Asbury Park Press]

Pew’s Lee Crocket: The Bottom Line: Big turnout for little menhaden [National Geographic]

Channel Fish Co. of Boston: Menhaden fishery needs reasonable – not drastic-action [New Bedford Standard Times]

Peter Baker of Pew responds to Channel Fish Co., says Strong action on menhaden best for coastal ecology, economy [New Bedford Standard Times]

Channel Fish Co. of Boston again: Environmentalist’s evidence on menhaden self generated [New Bedford Standard Times]

Matt Wuerker’s visual representation of the situation in an editorial cartoon [Politico]

Fly & Light Tackle Angler: Historic vote this week could determine future of Atlantic fishing [Orvis News]

Monty Deihl, Omega Protein’s fishing operations director: Menhaden not overfished, not endangered [Fredricksburg Freelance Star]

Citizen Vince Staley disagrees: Save the menhaden today or lose jobs tomorrow [Fredricksburg Freelance Star]

Jim Brewer, columnist for the Charlottesville Daily Progress: Save the crabs and menhaden [Daily Progress]

National Aquarium Blog: A crucial moment for most important fish in the sea [National Aquarium]

Record numbers ask for menhaden protection [Sun Journal New Bern]

 

[Updated 12/14/12 10:00 am EST]

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