The Small, But Mighty Menhaden

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A handful of Atlantic menhaden.

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The Small, But Mighty Menhaden

Menhaden, or pogy, is a fairly small fish that's been getting a lot of attention. We talk about new catch quotas and the menhaden's place in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.

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.

Guests

Chris Moore

Senior Scientist, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Darryl Fears

reporter, Washington Post

Ben Landry

Director of Public Affairs, Omega Protein, Inc.

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