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 Post subject: More menhaden fun
PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:56 am 
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The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission whipped some onerous rules on Virginia's menhaden industry in November. For them to be effective in Virginia, our legislature has to pass a bill adopting the, Our legislture refused. Now, the ASMFC may ask the Secretary of Commerce to find Virginia out of compliance and shut down the industry. The industry is willing to take that dare, in fact, wants it.

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 Post subject: Re: More menhaden fun
PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:17 pm 
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SQUIRE,

The details? Quantity, methods, season-length ? Has there been a noticeable reduction of the overall natural source? Cutting back to insure that the reproductive strength is not challenged/threatened is a valid reason to require that the fishers ease-up a bit.....no?

Funny thing, if a trout or salmon season is reduced to insure that reproduction remains greater than the "taking"....sport-fishers easily comply...saving the"breeding stock" is understood. When it comes to commercial fishers, there seems to be a reluctance to even the slightest "backing-off" on the legal takings.

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 Post subject: Re: More menhaden fun
PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:52 pm 
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Oh my, I do remember the big brouha the last time this subject came up.


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 Post subject: Re: More menhaden fun
PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:47 am 
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The most recent surveys of menhaden show the stock is high in abundance and is not being overfished. In fact, the ASMFC raised the allowable coastwide catch by 8%. Then, instead of leaving the state by state quotas where they had been for many years it gave every state a quota of at least 1/2% of the overall catch. To get quotas for states such as Pennnsylvania and New Hampshire, which have no menhaden fishery at all, they took the quota away from Virginia's quota, the largest of all. On top of that, the ASMFC reduced the amount of menhaden that may be taken from the Chesapeake Bay by 41%. There is no evidence that the Bay's menhaden stocks are down.

Omega is sick of this sort of political rather than scientific stuff from the ASMFC and wanted the legislature to reuse to enact the new rules so that the matter can go to the Sec'y of Commerce. If he refuses to find Virginia out of compliance, Omega is set free. Last year, the Sec'y refused to find New Jersey out of compliance when it ignored the ASMFC's new regs on summer flounder.

The Virginia AFL-CIO, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Virginia Manufacturers Association, the Virginia Seafood Council, the Virginia Waterman’s Association, and the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 (the local menhaden crews union) all support Omega in this. When the manufacturers and the Chamber team up with the unions, that's unusual. The watermens associations catch the edible fish and if Omega's reduction fishery was hurting the sports fish, they wouldn't be on board.

Omega just wants the politics out of the process. The Bay cap was because the Chesapeake Bay Foundation has made Omega a whipping boy it and a bloody flag it waves in fundraising. It has so entirely ignored the science that I can only conclude it is basically dishonest but the country club environmentalists simply adore it.


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