Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Compact; removes authorization for State's membership. (SB18)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Fishery compact.  Removes authorization for Virginia's membership in the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Compact. The purpose of the Compact is to promote better utilization of the marine, shell, and anadromous fisheries of the Atlantic seaboard through the development of a joint program for the promotion and protection of such fisheries and by the prevention of the physical waste of the fisheries from any cause. If any state desires to remove itself from the Compact, it must send a six months' notice in writing to the member states of its intention to withdraw from the Compact. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/28/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12102972D
12/28/2011Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/20/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB18)
02/02/2012Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2012Rereferred to Finance
02/09/2012Continued to 2013 in Finance (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Dale Sherman writes:

This bill is clearly an attempt by Omega Protein and it's powerful lobbyists to use it's considerable influence over Senator Stuart to thwart a process that had overwhelming support from citizens with over 90,000 people in support of the latest proposed restrictions on basically Omega's catch in the Chesapeake Bay. Check out the ASMFC website at to learn about the public debate over these catch limit changes and then see if this senate bill 18 is anything more than an attempt to pander to Omega Protein by our state legislature. It should not be allowed out of committee and our legislatures should work WITH ASMFC to protect the menhaden and improve the fishery for ALL interested parties not just the ones with the most influence.