Clarkson: Menhaden discussion likely not going away anytime soon

Last year, Omega’s menhaden quota was set at 144,000 metric tons, roughly 50,000 metric tons of which were caught in the Chesapeake Bay.

In this week’s General Assembly update, I want to point to several bills that certainly will be of importance to sportsmen and women as well as anyone concerned with the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

Delegate Barry Knight and Sen. John Cosgrove have introduced HB150 and SB 98 respectively, which would transfer the management of the menhaden fishery to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC). The VMRC manages every other saltwater fishery in the state except menhaden, which is managed by the General Assembly.

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