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Atlantic's Largest Menhaden Fleet Facing Penalties

Nov 1, 2019
AP/Steve Helber

Menhaden are fish near the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay food chain. They’re good for crab bait and they’re pursued on an industrial scale by Omega Protein Corporation to be turned into fish oil and fish meal for factory fish farms.

The Canadian company owns several U.S. fishing fleets, including one in Reedville, Virginia.

Interstate conflict at a fisheries managers' meeting?

Nov 15, 2017
Pamela D'Angelo

Meetings of fisheries managers often can be snooze fests. But the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission meeting in Linthicum this week turned into turned into a hand-wringing session for commercial fishermen, environmentalists, anglers, and even the commissioners.

And it was all because of a baitfish called menhaden.