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20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Omega Protein Corporation (NYSE: OME), a nutritional product company and a leading integrated provider of specialty oils, essential fatty acids and specialty protein products, is pleased to report that after more than a year of thorough analysis, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has released its 2014 Atlantic Menhaden Stock Assessment.
Samples also included 30 Atlantic Menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) from Sandy Hook Bay, New Jersey, collected in 2002; 8 Atlantic Mehaden from Bogue Sound, North Carolina, collected in 2002; 22 Finescale Menhaden from Sabine Pass, Texas, collected in 2004; and 19 Yellowfin Menhaden from Charlotte Harbor, Florida, collected in 2003.
The new target for Atlantic menhaden is 30-percent of Maximum Spawning Potential (a reflection of abundance compared to natural population in an un-fished condition).
Table 1: Total EPA + DHA content (% total fatty acids) of fish used in fish oil production Species EPA + DHA (% total fatty acids) Herring 12 Hoki 15-44 Atlantic Menhaden 26 Salmon 18-19 Atlantic Cod Liver No data Anchovy 31 Sardine 25 Tuna 28 Source: Bimbo AP (2009).
Infection with environmental mycobacteria is increasing among many Chesapeake Bay fish species, Prevalence in juvenile Atlantic menhaden differed between tributaries and ranged from 2% to 57%.
Atlantic menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus), bony, oily, inedible members of the herring family, were once simply ubiquitous from Florida to Nova Scotia, because their food source--phytoplankton, the microscopic plants that support the ocean food chain--is so widespread.
Characterization of lesions of Atlantic menhaden from the Pocomoke River.
The restriction will remain in place for at least the next two years until the ASMFC evaluates the next Atlantic menhaden stock assessment, which is expected to be completed by the National Marine Fisheries Service by the end of 2014.