A message from Wild Oceans:
On November 15th, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) notified Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross that Virginia is out of compliance with the Chesapeake Bay menhaden harvest cap, which serves to protect the most important nursery in the Atlantic for menhaden and a number of its predators. Omega Protein, a company in Virginia owned by Canada-based Cooke Inc., has refused to abide by the catch limit and this year exceeded the limit by 30% (33 million pounds!). If the Secretary of Commerce concurs with the out of compliance finding, he could shut down fishing for menhaden in Virginia unless and until Virginia takes action to comply with the menhaden fishery management plan.
Secretary Ross has 30 days from receipt of the letter to decide whether to stand with the ASMFC and our coastal communities by concurring with the out of compliance finding and taking action, or to stand with Cooke Inc. and Omega Protein by refusing to hold them accountable.