Virginia is out of compliance with regulations on menhaden management, and the federal government has threatened to shut down the fishery on June 17, 2020. We need to resolve this now, or it will have serious consequences for the ecological health of the Chesapeake Bay.
Right now, the Virginia General Assembly is debating two bills that would fix this problem and wisely transfer the management of menhaden from the Virginia General Assembly to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.
This transfer will allow the experts – not politicians – to make decisions based on science and ensure better predictability and consistency, so Virginia does not fall out of compliance again. The health of the Chesapeake Bay is depending on it.
Tell the Virginia House and Senate that you support HB1448 and SB791, which will encourage responsible, science-based menhaden fisheries management!