When the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Atlantic Menhaden Management Board met last week, concerns were expressed over several states allowing the taking of more menhaden than allowed by current regulations.
The Board’s attitude was that since the overall 2013 coast-wide catch didn’t exceed the allowable limits, there was no problem with New York’s exceeding its limit by 400 percent and other states exceeding theirs by lesser amounts.
Laurie Naismith, spokes person for the Virginiia Marine Resources Commission pointed out that states that landed far less than they were allowed transferred their unused allowances to the states that overfished the resource.
Omega Protein, located in Reedville, is far and away the largest taker of Atlantic menhaden and it had stayed within the draconian limits the ASMFC had set of it in 2012. Ben Landry, Director of Public Affairs for Omega, had raised the question of fair enforcement prior to last week’s meeting. He pointed out that although New York supported the reduction in permissible…
—Read the full story in the May 21 edition of the Northumberland Echo!