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Menhaden: The Most Important Fish in the Ocean

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Never heard of Menhaden? It's time you did. Menhaden may be the most important fish in Atlantic coastal waters. They filter up to four gallons of water a minute and they are a key part of the ocean food chain. But now they are disappearing at an alarming rate -- harvested for omega 3 oil, fishmeal and poultry feed. The potential loss of the Menhaden threatens the ecology of major US marine areas including the Chesapeake Bay. Students at American University's Center for Environmental Filmmaking made the award winning film Menhaden: The Most Important Fish in the Bay. They share the story of the Menhaden and the making of the film with Earth Focus.


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