Regulators Raise Allowable Catch of Menhaden 

A pleasure boat passes by a menheden fishing boat at the Omega Protein processing plant in Reedville, Va., Friday, July 23, 2010. Atlantic menhaden scooped up by the billions have made Reedville the No. 2 fishing port in the U.S. based on total catch weight. Now, the last remaining East Coast fleet that pursues the silvery fish is at the center of a debate over a species deemed by some as the most important in the sea. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A pleasure boat passes by a menheden fishing boat at the Omega Protein processing plant in Reedville, Va., Friday, July 23, 2010. Atlantic menhaden scooped up by the billions have made Reedville the No. 2 fishing port in the U.S. based on total catch weight. Now, the last remaining East Coast fleet that pursues the silvery fish is at the center of a debate over a species deemed by some as the most important in the sea. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Interstatefishingregulators have decided to raise the amount of menhaden that fishermen can catch along the coast by to use as bait more than 6 percent.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission made the decision on Wednesday. Fishermen will be allowed to catch 200,000 metric tons of the littlefishduring the 2017fishingyear.

Menhaden are an important source of bait for commercial fishermen and they are also a critical piece of the ocean’s food web. They are also used to make dietary supplements.

The menhaden fishery is typically worth more than $100 million per year, and fishermen catch more than a billion pounds of thefishbetween inshore and offshore fisheries.

Some conservationist groups say they feel the quota increase was too generous and will hurt recreational fishermen.

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