A letter signed by the Governors of nine Atlantic coast states was sent late last week to US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in support of the recent vote by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to find the Commonwealth of Virginia out of compliance with the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic menhaden. Here is an excerpt from their statement:
"This action was the direct result of Omega Protein Corp (owned by Cooke Seafood) brazenly exceeding the Chesapeake Bay harvest quota by more than 35 million pounds.
The coastal economies of our states depend on healthy ecosystems to support recreational and commercial fisheries that are worth tens of billions of dollars and responsible for hundreds of thousands of jobs according to NOAA's Fisheries Economics of the United States report. Allowing any one company to jeopardize that balance is simply unacceptable. We urge you to bring Omega back in line with American fishery management standards by imposing a moratorium on their fishing operations in Virginia."
Last paragraph-"We urge you to bring Omega back in line" That means they can't do a damn thing about the situation. Omega is not going to change when they are making money, despite all the urging in the world.
It'd be good on them if they did though.