Gulf menhaden ( Brevoortia patronus ). Gulf of Mexico, Fish specimen on a monochrome background

What are Menhaden (a.k.a. pogies)?

Menhaden are a small, pelagic fish, often referred to as “the most important fish in the sea” because of its critical role as forage to countless fish, birds, and marine mammals, and because of its role in water quality as a rare filter feeder on zooplankton, which contributes greatly to hypoxic or ‘dead’ zones.