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Old 01-08-2004, 06:41 PM
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Scary thoughts indeed. Cod and haddock have already been depleted, as you know stripers were fished to endangered status just recently. Menhaden are already being harvested in huge quantities for processing into feed and the impact on the gamefish population is tremendous.

Atlantic salmon farms are already on the increase up and down the coast, while american rivers have long been void of their once magnificent salmon runs.

Lucky for us the striper is a crafty and opportunistic predator and will likely adapt where possible, but if the fisheries turn to harvesting the forage species (sand eels, herring, squid, menhaden, mackeral, etc) for fertilizers, animal feed and to meet aquacultural feed demands of the modern fish farming craze our friends with stripes are in big trouble.
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