Speak Up – Protect Bunker

Tell Secretary Ross to Uphold the Menhaden Cap

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.

Please take a minute to sign our petition and tell Secretary Ross to make the right choice!

9 on “Speak Up – Protect Bunker

  1. LOU

    HERE WE GO AGAIN , ITS WHO HAS THE MOST MONEY AND WHO TAKES THE MONEY IN THE BACK ROOM . JUST ONCE WOULD I LIKE TO SEE THE PEOPLE ACTUALLY VOTE ON SOMETHING LIKE THIS !

  2. Tabanus

    I seriously doubt Wilbur Ross will give two hoots about the opinions of sports fishermen.

  3. Richard P Melton

    My major concern is that if they shut down that fishery in VA Will Omega target NJ waters to fill the greedy coffers?? We will have NO Striper fishery if the bunker stocks are not present to hold the fish. This will seriously impact the financials of the party, charter boat industry on the coast not to mention all of the incidental spending associated with the striper run.

  4. Steve

    Wilbur Ross is just another bad joke from Trump. If you expect him to help protect the environment you are kidding yourself.

  5. Pat Pooponya

    They better be punished for blatantly harvesting more then they are allowed to. It’s such a joke that they are able to get away with this.

  6. Brendal Phall

    this is absolutely ridiculous. James will not stand for this and neither will I

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