I’m not entirely sure where this goes, but I do think it worth noting in some way:
(StarNews) – Hundreds of thousands of dead fish washed ashore this week at Masonboro Island, according to the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The dead fish, identified as Atlantic Menhaden, are strewn along the island’s beaches and in the water, stretching over a one-mile area from the Mason Inlet jetty to Loosins Creek, officials reported.
They apparently clustered together, starved themselves of oxygen and died, a fishy suicide. But the state has been pursuing a strategy on Menhaden for some time that would lead you to believe their numbers have been depleted.
(May 12, 2012, Outer Banks Voice) North Carolina will soon ban industrial-scale purse seine fishing for menhaden, a species long at the center of conflict between marine conservation interests and producers of a valued dietary supplement. Menhaden are used to make omega-3 fatty oil, a dietary supplement said to fight heart disease, and as fertilizers and livestock feed.
There’s something here, but I’m just missing it somehow. Menhaden are a smelly fish and I have little doubt that the Masonboro Island smelled to high-heaven.
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