Scientific Name: Brevoortia tyrannus
We find the flesh of menhaden too oily to eat. Still, people catch enormous numbers of this herring cousin and process them for fishmeal, fish oil, and fertilizer. Menhaden are a critical source of food for predator species, such as rockfish and bluefish, that follow the large schools of menhaden throughout the Chesapeake Bay.
Size: 10-18” (25-46 cm)