January 29, 2010
CBF Statement on Failure of Menhaden Legislation
Statement from Ann Jennings, CBF Virginia Executive Director, on the failure of menhaden legislation in the Virginia General Assembly (SB 185 was struck, and HB 294 was left unacted upon in subcommittee, both at the request of the patrons):
Senator Northam and Delegate Cosgrove's legislation would simply have transferred the management of menhaden from the General Assembly to the VMRC, the agency that manages all other marine fisheries in Virginia. CBF finds it most lamentable that opponents of the bill deliberately misrepresented the impact of the legislation as a threat to jobs and the economy when, in fact, the role of VMRC is to safeguard both the economic and ecological benefits of the Bay's marine resources.
We also find it regrettable that Omega Protein refused legislative changes proposed in the search for common ground. While we regret that the bills will not advance this session, CBF greatly appreciates Senator Northam and Delegate Cosgrove's leadership and hard work to promote good government and prudent fisheries management.