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Menhaden issues to be discussed

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A small menhaden purse boat unloads its catch onto a larger menhaden vessel.

Dr. Rob Latour of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) will explore the long-simmering issues surrounding Atlantic menhaden, their commercial harvest, and the recreational fisheries that target menhaden predators such as striped bass during the VIMS After Hours lecture on Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m.

The 45-minute lecture will be in Watermen’s Hall on the VIMS campus in Gloucester Point. Reservations to this free public lecture series are required due to limited space. Call 684-7846 to register or for further information.

Latour’s lecture follows the General Assembly’s recent vote 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 in December.

posted 03.27.2013

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