States Want Halt to Company's Harvesting of Menhaden in VA Waters
(AP) Governors in nine states along the Atlantic coast are urging the Trump Administration to stop a company that makes fish-oil supplements from fishing in Virginia waters.
A letter sent Friday from those governors echoes concerns of fishing regulators who say Omega Protein defied harvest limits in the Chesapeake Bay.
The firm catches a fish called Atlantic menhaden that's considered a vital link to the bay's food chain. Menhaden are food for striped bass, whales and other animals.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is expected to make a decision this week following a request from regulators to take action.
The governors warn that Omega Protein could jeopardize an ecological balance and imperil other fishing operations in their states.