Following Net Spills, Menhaden Industry Signs Agreement on Chesapeake Bay Fishery
April 25, 2023
Virginia menhaden industry officials last week signed a non-enforceable agreement with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC). Under the memorandum of understanding, the menhaden fishery would limit fishing operations on summer weekends and holidays and within one mile of the shore in some of Virginia’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay.
VMRC Rejects New Menhaden Fishery Limits
December 6, 2022
The Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) today failed to approve proposed regulations on Virginia’s menhaden purse seine fisheries, opting instead to propose a memorandum of understanding between the menhaden harvesting industry and Commission.
Fish Spills Renew Concerns About Menhaden Management
October 7, 2021
The latest of Omega Protein's 13 fish spills in Virginia since 2018, is an important reminder of the need to better manage the Chesapeake Bay's menhaden population.
400,000 Dead Fish Spilled in Hampton Roads Waters by Omega Protein
September 10, 2021
This week Omega Protein, a Canadian owned seafood company, spilled more than 400,000 dead menhaden fish into Hampton Roads waters, according to a Sept. 8 letter by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. The fish spilled during two separate incidents this week.
Little Fish, Big Success
December 15, 2020
Virginia fisheries advocate John Bello was part of a team that advocated for the scientific management of the Bay’s important menhaden.
VMRC Approves Menhaden Limits Developed to Support Their Important Role in the Food Chain
December 8, 2020
Today the Virginia Marine Resources Commission reduced Virginia’s menhaden harvest by 10 percent to comply with the newly adopted menhaden fishery quota from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
Fisheries Panel Cuts Atlantic Menhaden Harvest by 10 Percent
October 20, 2020
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Menhaden Management Board today voted to cut the coastwide menhaden harvest by 10 percent.
ASMFC Adopts Groundbreaking Change to Menhaden Fishery Management
August 5, 2020
For the first time, ASMFC has committed to including Ecological Reference Points—the value of the species to the ecosystem—in its fishery management plans.
News Spotlight: Watching Out for the Bay
July 9, 2020
A news roundup of some of the big issues we’re watching this year.
Celebrating a Menhaden Milestone
May 7, 2020
CBF has spent years trying to protect Atlantic menhaden. A recent meeting of the VMRC marks a new milestone in those efforts.
New Menhaden Limits Approved by VMRC, Preventing Fishery Shutdown
April 28, 2020
The Virginia Marine Resources Commission updated a harvest cap on menhaden that will bring Virginia into compliance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission menhaden management plan adopted in 2017.
Menhaden Legislation Approved by Virginia House And Senate
February 27, 2020
The Virginia legislature passed bipartisan legislation to transfer management of Virginia’s menhaden fisheries from the General Assembly to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC).
Menhaden Legislation Approved by Virginia House and Senate Committees
January 29, 2020
Today key committees in Virginia’s Senate and House of Delegates passed bipartisan legislation to transfer management of Virginia’s menhaden fishery from the General Assembly to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.
It’s Time to Take Politics out of Fisheries
January 21, 2020
For once, the Trump administration has made a good decision for the environment and the Chesapeake Bay.
U.S. Commerce Department Takes Action after Virginia Menhaden Limit Exceeded
December 19, 2019
Following Omega Protein’s violation of the menhaden harvest cap in the Chesapeake Bay, the U.S. Department of Commerce has upheld the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s non-compliance finding against the Commonwealth of Virginia
CBF Statement on Gov. Northam’s Call for Action on Menhaden
November 21, 2019
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam asked U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to impose a moratorium on Virginia’s menhaden harvest in a letter sent yesterday.
Fisheries Board Finds Virginia Out of Compliance with Menhaden Harvest Cap
October 28, 2019
Today the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Menhaden Management Board found Virginia out of compliance with the menhaden harvest cap on the Chesapeake Bay reduction fishery.
CBF Expresses Deep Concern with Omega Proteins Announcement It Will Violate the Bay Menhaden Cap
September 13, 2019
Today Omega Protein announcement that it is knowingly and willingly going to exceed the Chesapeake Bay menhaden harvest cap.
Menhaden Fishery Sustainability Certification Hits Snag
August 1, 2019
(RICHMOND, VA)—After numerous conservation groups raised serious concerns, a certification for sustainable seafood must take additional action before conditionally certifying Omega Protein's Atlantic Coast menhaden fishery.
Statement on Challenge to Menhaden Sustainability Certification
March 27, 2019
(RICHMOND, VA)—Today, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and The Nature Conservancy submitted an objection to the recommendation of a provisional certification of Omega Protein’s Atlantic Menhaden Fishery to the Marine Stewardship Council Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Fishing.
Fisheries Managers to Further Study Depletion of Menhaden in Chesapeake Bay
February 7, 2019
(RICHMOND, VA)—Today the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Menhaden Management Board passed a motion requiring Virginia to maintain its menhaden harvest below the Chesapeake Bay reduction fishery harvest cap.
A Sustainability Sham
December 21, 2018
A student who fails to complete all their assignments doesn't receive a passing grade. But if Omega Protein gets their way, this logic won't hold true in the world of fishery management.
CBF Opposes Menhaden Sustainability Certification
December 4, 2018
(RICHMOND)—Omega Protein's Atlantic menhaden fishery was recommended for a leading seafood sustainability certification by the Marine Stewardship Council in a draft report released today by analyst SAI Global.
CBF Statement on Virginia Menhaden Compliance Decision Delay
August 8, 2018
(RICHMOND, VA)—Yesterday the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Menhaden Management Board postponed a decision on Virginia’s compliance with the latest menhaden harvest cap on the Chesapeake Bay reduction fishery until its February meeting.
CBF Statement on Future of Menhaden Management in Virginia
March 7, 2018
(RICHMOND, VA)–Legislation aiming to protect menhaden and keep Virginia in compliance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) menhaden management plan has failed to advance in Virginia's General Assembly.
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