Just wondering what numbers they were using. It could be very deceiving using metric tons. Here are a few numbers to look at that sound far worse than 100,000 metric tons.

Using a 100,000 metric tons

a metric ton is = to 2204.62 lbs

therefore that would equal 220,462,000 lbs caught in a year (less than the average of the last five)

minus the 1 % bycatch of 2,204,620 lbs (which sounds like a lot put that way)

equals 198,415,800 lbs left of pure menhaden

if each fish weighed 1.5 lbs that would equal

132,277,200 menhaden landed

at 1 lb of course it would be 198,415,800 menhaden landed

if each fish weighed .5 lbs that would equal 396,831,600 menhaden landed

Now if 70% comes out of the chesapeake bay as Omega says and they each weighed in a 1 lb(remember 198,415,800 menhaden)

then the total menhaden harvested in the bay would be

138,891,060.

That's just omega..not including predation, disease, and natural causes.

Sounds liike localized depletion to me.

when was the last time you saw that much bait in the bay

Now if we let omega set their quota at 131,000 metric tons

that equals 288,805,220 lbs

minus the 1% bycatch

2,888,052.2 lbs

leaving 285,917,167.8 lbs left

If the 70% still applied saying that they actually could catch that much in year and each fish weighed 1 lb

It would equal 200,142,017.46 menhaden landed.

Feel free to correct me if my numbers are in error. Remember also that the atlantic menhaden fishery only lands 25% of the total menhaden landings in the U.S. The gulf takes the other 75%

Name any other species that can survive that much pressure.