Menhaden: The Chesapeake's Unsung Hero

Atlantic menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) are small, nutrient-packed fish that are central to the Chesapeake Bay's food chain. Hear from anglers about how menhaden are crucial for recreational finishing, and learn how they even attract whales to Chesapeake waters. After 25 years of advocacy by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and many partners, in October 2020 the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission committed to a new approach to managing the menhaden fishery that takes into account their role in food chain.

Learn more about the "most important fish in the Bay."

The Bay Needs You

The 2020 State of the Bay Report makes it clear that the Bay needs our support now more than ever. Your donation helps the Chesapeake Bay Foundation maintain our momentum toward a restored Bay, rivers, and streams for today and generations to come.

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Do you enjoy working with others to help clean the Chesapeake Bay? Do you have a few hours to spare? Whether growing oysters, planting trees, or helping in our offices, there are plenty of ways you can contribute.

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