Institute Spearheads Effort to Protect Atlantic Menhaden
(November 22, 2017)
Dr. Ellen Pikitch, executive director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science, gathered signatures of more than 100 global scientists on a letter to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission seeking protection of the Atlantic Menhaden’s role as prey. The IOCS requests that the commission abandon the single-species status quo in its decision whether to include ecosystem considerations in the management of Atlantic Menhaden along the eastern seaboard.
“The commission is required to use the best available science, and a large body of science supports the view that you should account for the role of forage fish in the ecosystem when you make management choices, Pikitch said. “If we fail to account for the role of forage fish like menhaden in the ecosystem, we can suffer very detrimental consequences.”
Executive Director, IOCS
School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Stony Brook University
Institute for Ocean Conservation Science