The Small, But Mighty Menhaden
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Menhaden, or pogy, is a fairly small fish that's been getting a lot of attention. Not typically eaten by people, it's a major food source for many fish we do eat -- striped bass and bluefish -- along with a number of marine mammals. It's also a hot commercial commodity, an ingredient in products ranging from animal feed to nutritional supplements, many worry is being over-fished. We talk about new catch quotas and the menhaden's place in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.