Only YOU can prevent fish decimation….
Dear Virginia BoatU.S. Member:
Legislation is currently under review in Richmond to fix how Virginia manages an important forage fish, Atlantic Menhaden, which is vital to the health of the Chesapeake Bay. We urge you to ask your state legislators to pass the bills that will transfer the authority to manage this fishery from the General Assembly to the Virginia Marine Resource Commission (VMRC).
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Currently Virginia is not complying with Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) regulations on the management of menhaden. Healthy, well-managed menhaden stocks support a healthy Chesapeake Bay. Unfortunately, menhaden have been targeted by commercial companies that have violated the ASMFC’s harvest limits.
VMRC has the expertise to make science-based fishery management decisions for the menhaden fish stocks as it currently does for all other saltwater fisheries managed in the state. The transfer of management authority to VMRC will not have a negative impact on the menhaden fishery, but instead will ensure Virginia’s timely compliance with ASMFC’s interstate fishery management plan as do all other neigboring states.
Please speak up now and share this information with your fishing and boating friends, neighbors, yacht clubs and marinas.