LOWLY FORAGE FISH
GET BETTER MANAGEMENT
CALL THEM BUNKER, PORGY, OR MENHADEN, one of the least glamorous fish in the sea finally swam into the better management spotlight last November when the Atlantic States
fish for reduction to fishmeal and oil used in animal feed, pet food,
and dietary supplements such as “fish oil” tablets.
The commission could reduce menhaden harvest by up
to 37 percent once it implements full management measures.
Menhaden stocks have declined 88 percent over the last 25
years and are at their lowest abundance in recorded history. For
years, anglers and conservationists have called for better management
although standards in place indicated healthy spawning stocks experiencing only “slight” overfishing.
“It’s a great relief for anglers to know that managers have finally
begun the process of rebuilding this critical species,” said Charles A.
Witek, III, chairman of the Coastal Conservation Association Atlantic
aged, but we are finally out of the starting blocks.” — R.L.
DRAWING PROVIDED COURTESY OF THE MAINE DEPARTMENT OF MARINE RESOURCES RECREATIONAL
FISHERIES PROGRAM AND THE MAINE OUTDOOR HERITAGE FUND.
THE TALL SHIP Spirit of South Carolina, built in 2007, is likely headed for the auction block. The South Carolina Maritime Foundation,
which operates the 140-foot schooner, says the costs
of running the ship and the associated debt have
driven its decision to sell. In January, the foundation was in the process of contracting with a broker
for the sale. The ship had been used for educational
programs, which the foundation says it plans to continue, even without the Spirit.
If, or when, the boat is put up for sale, Spirit will
enter a crowded market. Some half-dozen “tall ships”
The task of selling the Victory Chimes has fallen
to Jonathan Chapman, a yacht broker in Maine, and
he’s come to appreciate the difficulties of the tall-ship
market. He’s been trying to sell the historic schooner
for five years, but it’s a labor of love. “A lot of the guys
here in the office think I’m crazy,” Chapman says, but
he grew up seeing the three-masted Victory Chimes
plying the waters of the Pine Tree State, and wants
to see it go to the right owner. The boat is listed in
the National Historic Register and graces the Maine
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