(RICHMOND, VA)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Virginia Executive Director Ann Jennings released this statement following approval by General Assembly legislative panels of bills that conserve Atlantic menhaden. Similar bills today cleared a House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources subcommittee and the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee.
"The Chesapeake Bay Foundation commends the advancement of critical legislation needed to bring Virginia into compliance with menhaden conservation measures adopted by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
"We appreciate that legislators recognize the importance of taking immediate action to protect menhaden and the Virginia fisheries dependent upon them. We particularly note the leadership of Delegates Lee Ware, Barry Knight, and Edward Scott, Senator Richard Stuart, and the McDonnell Administration in initiating and shepherding the legislation thus far through the legislative process. We are hopeful the legislation will gain final approval by the full House and Senate."