Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Marine Resources Commission
Marine Resources Commission
[4 VAC 20 ‑ ]
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8/18/23  1:43 pm
Commenter: Bob Naujelis

I support the petition to develop purse seine net regulations.

I urge the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to begin a regulatory process to determine the appropriate depth of purse seines in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and areas where this gear is not appropriate due to depth and/or other important resources. Recent net spills have highlighted the need to have regulations that better protect Virginias marine resources. The size and scale of the menhaden reduction fleet continues to raise significant questions about its effects on the menhaden population in Chesapeake Bay. Setting such regulations could help simply ensure that other Bay resources not targeted by this fishery will not be negatively affected by this resource. Other States have gone as far as outlawing menhaden netting in inshore waterways. Why can't Virginia at least regulate this fishery so that it's sustainable and will improve the stocks of other species that rely on menhaden?? It's not right for the influence of one Canadian owned company to trump the wishes of the vast majority of Virginians. Chase Cooke foods out into the ocean where they belong!

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