Breaking News: Menhaden Maneuvers

In an update on "Keep the Cap" (Episode 74), CBF President Will Baker and Maryland Fisheries Scientist Allison Colden discuss Omega Protein's industrial-scale menhaden fishing operation in Virginia and what impact the company's opposition to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) Bay cap could have on Bay fish populations, as well as the local sport and commercial fishing economies.

Program Notes

03:16 - Omega Protein, the only industrial-scale menhaden fishing operation on the Chesapeake Bay, has a major stake in preventing Virginia from enforcing the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) cap on the menhaden fishery in Chesapeake Bay.

06:50 - Why the overwhelming majority of ASMFC commissioners from states up and down the coast supported the Bay cap.

07:58 - The next step for menhaden in Virginia.

09:00 - Omega Protein's astounding allocation of the menhaden catch both coastwide and within Chesapeake Bay, and the potential impact the company's new foreign ownership may have on local fish populations, as well as on the local Bay sport and commercial fishing economy.

Visit our Atlantic menhaden web page for more about menhaden.

Listen to our previous podcast, "A Mixed Bag for Menhaden" for more about November's ASMFC Amendment 3 decision.

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