Menhaden Issues Topic of next Blue Planet Forum

(NORFOLK, VA)—Experts will discuss hot topics in Virginia fisheries at a December 6 forum titled Menhaden Matter. The talk will focus on menhaden, a small oily fish that is a key food for commercially and recreationally important species like the striped bass, bluefish, and summer flounder. Virginia is the epicenter of the Atlantic Coast menhaden fishery, responsible for approximately 85 percent of the total coastwide catch. Menhaden management has been the source of vigorous debate in the region due to its ecological and economic importance throughout the tidal waters of the Commonwealth.

Speakers at the December 6 event include Striper Wars author Dick Russell, former Virginia Marine Resources Commissioner Jack Travelstead, and former North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries Director Louis Daniel. The discussion will be moderated by Virginian-Pilot Editorial Page Editor Donald Luzzatto.

The forum will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Slover Library, 235 Plume Street in Norfolk. The event is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP in advance by visiting

This Blue Planet Forum is presented by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Old Dominion University, Virginia Saltwater Sportfishing Association, and Great Bridge Fisherman's Association. The series of free public lectures informs and engages citizens on important environmental issues facing Hampton Roads and the nation.

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