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Gulf menhaden range from the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico to Tampa Bay, Florida, finescale menhaden from the Yucatán to Louisiana, yellowfin menhaden from Louisiana to Virginia. The Atlantic menhaden ranges from Jupiter Inlet, Florida, to Nova Scotia. The various species of menhaden occur anywhere from estuarine waters outwards to the continental shelf.
Presently, menhaden are an important input for fishmeal and fish oil, with both of these "reduction" products being used as feed for livestock and aquaculture, such as salmon, and in the case of fish oil for human consumption as a dietary supplement. Atlantic menhaden are an important link between plankton and upper level predators. Because of their filter feeding abilities, “menhaden consume and redistribute a significant amount of energy within and between Chesapeake Bay and other estuaries, and the coastal ocean.” Because they play this role, and their abundance, menhaden are an invaluable prey species for many predatory fish, such as striped bass, bluefish, mackerel, flounder, tuna, Drum_(fish), and sharks. They are also a very important food source for many birds, including egrets, ospreys, seagulls, northern gannets, pelicans, and herons.
According to James Kirkley of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), there are two established commercial fisheries for menhaden. The first is known as a reduction fishery. According to the Omega Protein Corporation, this fishery's output produces omega-3 oils for human consumption, and for aquaculture, swine, and other livestock feeds. The second is known as a bait fishery, which harvests menhaden for the use of both commercial and recreational fishermen. Commercial fishermen, especially crabbers in the Chesapeake Bay area, use menhaden to bait their traps or hooks. The recreational fisherman use ground menhaden chum as a fish attractant, and whole fish as bait. The total harvest is approximately 500 million animals per year.
Originally posted by harrytuttle
Not trying to buzzkill the OP, because I think it's an interesting angle, but if the blackbirds died because of Corexit, then it would have had to of been a substantial quantity they consumed to have killed them all at once, right?
Where would Blackbirds in Arkansas have consumed enough Fish Emulsions at high enough concentrations to have died all at once?edit on 18-1-2011 by harrytuttle because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by MrsBlonde
reply to post by SonOfTheLawOfOne
SOTLOO I think you are really on to something here!
if it could be proved that gulf fish meal harvested since the disaster is being used as fertilizer ! Just wow!
that would be premeditated genocide ! Just wait to see what happens when food raised with fertilizer like this does to the food chain,HOLY MACKEREL!! pun intended ,how would anyone avoid being poisoned by this in a global market ?