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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.

Don Rush is the News Director and Senior Producer of News and Public Affairs at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.