Last of its kind, fishery faces reckoning in Chesapeake Bay

Last of its kind, fishery faces reckoning in Chesapeake Bay
Regulators and environmentalists argue that harvesting the menhaden threatens the bay’s ecosystem by taking away an important source of food for other fish.

REEDVILLE, Va. (AP) - For more than a century, generations of black fishermen on the Chesapeake Bay have caught a fish called Atlantic menhaden. The fishermen now fear they could lose their jobs.

Their employer, Omega Protein, exceeded catch limits last year, prompting the Trump Administration to threaten a moratorium in Virginia waters.

The fish is used these days to make fish oil pills and farm-raised salmon feed.

Regulators and environmentalists argue that harvesting the menhaden threatens the bay’s ecosystem by taking away an important source of food for other fish.

The company says menhaden aren’t overfished and that no damage has been done to the bay.

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