This time it’s a net torn on an old anchor, but purse seines aren’t supposed to be used in water shallow enough to drag bottom. But it’s always something. The basic problem is that the Feds set a quota on menhaden for the entire east coast, Florida to Maine, but Omega takes nearly all of it in or immediately in front of, the Chesapeake Bay. The species as a whole is not overfished, but that part that uses the Bay is grossly overharvested. The Feds set a quota for the Bay portion, but it’s left to the State to enforce it, and it doesn’t.
Menhaden are directly regulated by the Democrat controlled legislature and Governor, the only species not regulated by professionals. Omega has bought the support of the AFL-CIO and the NAACP, and Democrats will not touch them.
So, for a party that’s willing to crush our economy over 1/4 inch of sea level rise in 100 years it seems strange they won’t do a damned thing about an issue right here under their control that has a far larger impact on Virginia.