The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club has concerns pertaining to the Environmental Impact Statement for the City of Rehoboth Beach proposed ocean outfall. The Environmental Impact Statement recommends a plan for an ocean outfall for treated wastewater from the Rehoboth Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant as “the most technically feasible, cost effective and environmentally friendly alternative.” To accommodate a summer peak flow of 7.2 million gall
December 14, 2012 was a big day for Atlantic menhaden. The Delaware representatives to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission joined in a historic vote to protect this small fish from future overfishing.
For the very first time, a coast-wide catch limit (Total Allowable Catch) was implemented for Atlantic menhaden, which have suffered in recent years from overfishing for the "fish reduction industry", which makes cosmetics, paints, industrial lubricants, animal feed and Omega 3 vitamin supplements from this small forage fish.
The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club is deeply concerned about the status of Atlantic menhaden. This fish was at one time considered among the most abundant off the coast of eastern North America. However, commercial fishing for Atlantic menhaden peaked in 1956 at 586,373 tonnes[i] and the current benchmark assessment shows menhaden to be hovering at a historically-low level of abundance.