Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Summer Meeting Alexandria VA / August 1-3 2017. The overarching highlight of the ASMFC Summer Meeting was the Menhaden Management Board which continued development of Amendment 3 to the Menhaden Fishery Management Plan. The Board received a stock assessment update and as was expected, Menhaden remain healthy and are not overfished
Croaker are in the same family as red drum and weakfish. Their name is derived from the noise they make during mating season. They are a bottom dwelling fish that feeds primarily on shrimp, crabs, and worms. Croaker spawn in the fall and winter in offshore waters. The larva drift into estuaries to mature. The Chesapeake Bay is a primary nursery for croakers. They can live up to 18 years but few fish over 10 years old are ever seen. The annual catch for croaker has declined dramatically since 2001. It peaked at 41 million pounds and has declined to only 10 million pounds coast wide. Croaker are managed by a Traffic Light Analysis. This management tool is typically used for data door species.