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Topic: Maybe Gov Cooper will take note-
Posted By: Rick
Subject: Maybe Gov Cooper will take note-
Date Posted: 06 December 2019 at 12:35pm

Now below is a Governor that understands and isn't being bought off by the industrial fish dealers.

If only in NC, what a difference it could make.

In NC we see the opposite- Cooper not only gives Cooke an open door to basically do as they wish, he gives them $400,000 for "lost profits" in a year of exceptional shrimp harvest.  How much of that cooperate welfare did Cooke "re-invest" in political goodwill with the Governor and the Democrat Party in NC?  

Pay-to-play politics have killed our fisheries in NC.

Virginia understands-

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Gov. Ralph Northam calls for freeze on menhaden fishing after company broke Bay catch limit

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Nov 21, 2019 | 3:48 PM


With a tough letter accusing a Canadian-owned firm of stealing Virginia fish, Gov. Ralph Northam asked for a federal freeze on catching menhaden.

Northam said the freeze was needed because Reedville-based Omega Protein had exceeded a cap set on the menhaden catch in Chesapeake Bay earlier this year. Omega is owned by Cook Aquaculture Inc., of New Brunswick.


The governor’s request to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross came in the wake of a finding by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission that Virginia had violated the cap because of Omega’s operation.


The commission cut the Bay cap by 41% in 2017, in what it described as a precautionary measure, but without a finding of overfishing.

“Despite direct appeals by Virginia’s Marine Resources Commissioner and myself that Omega abide by the 51,000 metric ton limit, the company has continued over-harvesting menhaden from the Chesapeake Bay even after exceeding the cap," Northam wrote in his request to Ross.

“This has resulted in tens of millions of American fish being exported to feed farmed salmon in Canada,” he added.

Northam’s request came just days before the end of the season for catching menhaden in the Bay, which by law is the Friday before Thanksgiving. But the moratorium would keep Omega from fishing in the ocean for the final few weeks of the year when the weather allows for that, Omega spokesman Ben Landry said.

The impact on next year’s season is unclear, he said.

A moratorium, if imposed, would stay in effect until Virginia returned to compliance with the Bay cap. That would mean enacting the 51,000 ton cap into state law, which currently sets a much higher limit.

Northam said moratorium “will also provide the motivation necessary to ensure that Virginia’s General Assembly” enacts laws to ensure compliance with the interstate regulators’ cap.

Landry objected to Northam’s assertion that menhaden were over-harvested, noting stocks are healthy and that there was no scientific finding that Omega or anyone else was harvesting too many. He said he was struck by the aggressive attack on the company in Northam’s letter.

“Politics is how we got the 41% cut, and politics is why there’s this call for the moratorium,” Landry said.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation senior ecosystem scientist Chris Moore said he supported the governor’s request.

“Omega Protein took a risky gamble on the future of its workers when the company chose to break harvest limits in the Chesapeake Bay," he said in a statement.

Landry has said Omega decided not to stop fishing in the Bay when it approached and then exceeded the Bay cap, because it did not want to idle its crews and because the fish at the time in late August and September were forming schools just a few miles inside the Bay. In past years, late summer schools tended to form just outside the limit where the Bay cap applies, he said.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s last finding that a state was out of compliance with its regulations involved New Jersey’s size limit on summer flounder. Ross did not accept the commission’s 2017 recommendation for sanctions in that case.





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Posted By: kshivar
Date Posted: 06 December 2019 at 10:38pm
Cooper ain’t much but he’s all he thinks about.



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