“By conservative estimates, as much as 140 million pounds or more of bycatch are harvested and destroyed by these menhaden harvesters annually,” Macaluso says. That includes both vital forage species and prime game fish that support the state’s recreational-fishing industry.
“Seeing hundreds and sometimes thousands of large, breeding-size redfish killed in pogy nets along the beaches where they’re eating and spawning every summer and fall is gut-wrenching,” adds Macaluso, a lifelong Louisiana resident and angling enthusiast.
Guide friend took this pic. This is in Mississippi. He has a lot of pictures of areas where floating Bull Reds are prevelant left behind by pogie boats. They are raping the fishery.
I can't post the pic for whatever reason but he ran across some dead floating Tarpon. Here's a link https://www.sunherald.com/news/local/counties/harrison-county/article91750632.html