Menhaden, Brevoortia patronus, are small fish that play a critical role in protecting the health of the Gulf of Mexico and other parts of the ocean. They play a critical role in the Gulf’s ecosystem by filtering pollutants out of the water and providing a food source for dolphins, pelicans and other marine life. They have been referred to as “the most important fish in the sea.” The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has proposed new protections for menhaden from the threat of factory fishing. Unfortunately, the Houston-based Omega Protein (the largest menhaden company in the US) is fighting to stop the new standards.
This action will not only make your voice heard on behalf of a resource being quickly depleted by the fishing industry, it will also make policy-makers aware that the public is watching and is concerned about the health of our ocean.