NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — This year’s menhaden catch so far in the Chesapeake Bay is worrying Virginia’s top fisheries regulator.
Virginia Marine Resources Commissioner Steven Bowman wrote that Virginia-based company Omega Protein has already caught 75 percent of the bay’s quota for the oily fish.
A company spokesman tells the Daily Press of Newport News that Omega won’t exceed the cap.
The company operates a fish oil and fishmeal plant in Reedville. Differing quotas led to confrontations between Virginia and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission in 2019.
Bowman says the state could face a moratorium and further quota cuts if this year’s cap is exceeded.
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