National Geographic : 1949 Jun
Menhaden-Uncle Sam's Top Commercial Fish 815 North Carolina State News Bureau A Successful Fisherman Loads Her Hold Until, Deck Awash, She Seems About to Sink Since pay is based on the size of the catch, a crew will cram the boat until a million or more menhaden go aboard. Like the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back, the last few fish may sink the ship. iNort Carolina state News bureau Bony, Oily Menhaden, Ignored by the Gourmet, Is Worth Millions to American Industry When herded by feeding porpoises, these members of the herring family seem as tightly packed as sardines in a can. The very weight of their numbers sometimes forces the top layer above water. Each year a billion or more are caught by Atlantic and Gulf fishermen. A good 12-inch specimen may exceed one pound; the record is 20 inches, 3/2 pounds. This portrait is greatly enlarged.