A pair of Virginia House of Delegates bills designed to change how menhaden fishing is controlled in the US have been shot down in the General Assembly, reports Pilot Online.That's too bad, because menhaden need to be regulated by science, rather than politics.
HB150 and 151 were tabled in the Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Chesapeake sub-committee. Only two delegates voted to have the bills advanced.
One was designed to turn the menhaden fishery over to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, which oversees every other species in Virginia waters. Menhaden currently are the only fish species controlled by the General Assembly.
The other would have pushed the menhaden fishery outside of three miles along the Virginia coast, and out to one mile of the shoreline in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
Both bills were introduced by Virginia Beach's Barry Knight, who has for nearly a decade sought change in the state's menhaden fishery.