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For the past few years I have joined those cheer leading for the protection of Menhaden.

In a restricted environment like the Chesapeake Bay, it is unfair to allow Omega to send out their large fleet of catch boats with aircraft spotters to scoop up almost all of the Menhaden that are on their way to Maryland waters. This modern fishing technology gives Omega the means to transfer
the public benefit of Menhaden into their own private profit. Their "reduction industry" transforms our very valuable filter and feeder fish into supplements, mainly for hog and chicken food. This VA company should be restricted.

This Menhaden "reduction industry" causes the Chesapeake Bay to suffer from many directions; loss of food for Striped Bass and many other fish;
loss of the (badly needed) Bay filtering capacity of the Menhaden; and the possible collapse of the Menhaden that are extremely valuable in their own right.

Attorney General Gansler thank you for standing up strong on this important issue.
Tom, thank you for your continued coverage.

Thanks, Bonnie!

I have always been astonished that Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, etc. etc. have had the foresight to outlaw industrial harvesting for menhaden -- but Virginia actively supports it.

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