The economics of menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay region

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Kirkley, J. E. (2011) An Assessment of the Social and Economic Importance Of Menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) (Latrobe, 1802) In Chesapeake Bay Region. Marine Resource Report No. 2011-14. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary.

Project Title: The Economic Importance and Value of Menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay Region
Principal Investigator
Dr. Jim Kirkley, VIMS
Project period: 09/30/2007-09/30/2010
Funding Agency: VMRC

This study focused on determining the economic and social importance of menhaden to stakeholders in the Chesapeake Bay region. Objectives were to: (1) determine the economic contributions to the economies of communities with commercial and recreational fisheries perceived as dependent on menhaden; (2) estimate and assess the economic value or benefits of menhaden relative to commercial and recreational fisheries and ecosystem services. This is a three-year project.