The Atlantic menhaden fish is a species of fish from North America in the herring family, Clupeidae. It is mainly found in the North Atlantic coastal and estuarine waters from Nova Scotia south to northern Florida. It is also commonly found in all salinities of the Chesapeake Bay and Mid-Atlantic water. Total population of the Atlantic menhaden fish declined in the past, but is now considered recovered with strong evidence for continual increase in estimated biomass over the past three generation lengths.
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Few viewers would have realized how closely the episode mirrored reality. Omega has only one business, hauling in just one kind of fish and converting it into those industrial commodities. That fish is menhaden, and in , just as Mr. So what problem could there be with using the Mr. Burns process on fish that few people have even heard of and nobody eats because they are too oily and full of bones and smell awful? The problem is that menhaden are the most important fish in North America. This little fish has long been an integral part of our natural—and national—history.
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Several graphs have been produced recently to illustrate this decline, including this incredibly informative illustration. Despite this attention, most of these reports have missed the big picture. Amy and myself have been thinking quite a bit about shifting baselines recently, and Menhaden represent what may be the most extreme example of this phenomenon. The population of Menhaden along the eastern seaboard crashed in a full century earlier than the decline documented here.
Menhaden , also known as mossbunker and bunker , are forage fish of the genera Brevoortia and Ethmidium , two genera of marine fish in the family Clupeidae. Menhaden are flat and have soft flesh and a deeply forked tail. They rarely exceed 15 inches 38 cm in length, and have a varied weight range. Gulf menhaden and Atlantic menhaden are small oily-fleshed fish, bright silver, and characterized by a series of smaller spots behind the main, humeral spot.