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Old 11-13-2004, 07:54 PM
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Default Fishing Agency Won't Cap Rockfish Harvests

Fishing Agency Won't Cap Rockfish Harvests

Nov 12, 2004 4:00 pm US/Eastern
Aberdeen, MD (AP) Despite calls to restrict the harvesting of menhaden, a regional fisheries agency has declined to impose any limits.

The Menhaden Management Board of the 15-state Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission declined to cap commercial menhaden fishing at a meeting yesterday in New Hampshire.

Instead, the board called for more extensive research on the fish that plays a vital role in the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay.

That motion was sponsored by board member Pete Jensen, an associate deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Menhaden are small, oily fish that are the foundation of the Chesapeake Bay's food chain. They are the primary food source for striped bass -- Maryland's state fish, known locally as rockfish.
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