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Feds Threaten Menhaden Harvest Moratorium in Chesapeake Bay

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Trump Administration is threatening to effectively ban a company that makes fish-oil pills from fishing in the Chesapeake Bay over concerns about overfishing. That company is Omega Protein.

Earlier this year, it exceeded harvest limits by more than 30 percent on an oily fish called Atlantic menhaden.

The U.S. Department of Commerce said Thursday that Virginia lawmakers must bring the state into compliance with harvest limits that were set by an interstate commission.

If they don't, the Commerce Department said it would issue a moratorium on fishing for the species. Such a ban would affect only Omega Protein.

Don Rush is the News Director 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.