Virginia Governor Asks For A Menhaden Moratorium

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has found the Commonwealth of Virginia out of compliance with the fisheries management plan for menhaden.

On Nov. 15, ASMFC took the next step and sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. The letter informs Ross that Virginia is out of compliance and explains that the “Commonwealth of Virginia must implement an annual total allowable harvest from the Chesapeake Bay by the reduction fishery of no more than 51,000 metric tons.” The letter provides the history of the Chesapeake Bay Cap and compelling reasons for the Commission’s action.

Some links below if you would like to take action on the non-compliance determination by Secretary Ross.

Sign the Coastal Conservation Association’s petition.

Use the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s action alert.

Use Pew’s action alert.

Sign the Menhaden Defenders’ letter.

Sign the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership’s petition.

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