Welcome! This homepage is dedicated to providing
the most complete and accurate source for scientific information on the gulf
menhaden. The information included within reflects
the most current scientific data available on both the fish and
the fishery. The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission has
worked hand-in-hand with the National Marine Fisheries Service,
the five Gulf States (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana,
and Texas), and the menhaden industry for many years to monitor
the gulf menhaden stocks and is confident in the assessments provided
here. If you have any questions regarding this information,
please feel free to contact us here at the Commission office.
Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission
2404 Government St
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Steven J. VanderKooy, Interjurisdictional
Fisheries Program Coordinator
The 2007 Stock Assessment for the gulf Menhaden
is available from NOAA as published in Fisheries Research.
The latest assessment by Dr. Doug Vaughan and colleagues indicate
that the gulf menhaden fishery is indeed healthy and not overfished nor in an overfished
state. Click the image below to view the assessment.