Menhaden; VMRC to adopt regulations for managing the Commonwealth's fishery. (SB1046)

Introduced By

Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Management of menhaden. Requires the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to adopt regulations to implement the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden and authorizes the Commission to adopt regulations for managing the Commonwealth's menhaden fishery. The bill also requires that any moratorium on the fishery be subject to legislative review. The bill repeals several existing codified provisions relating to quotas, allocation of allowable landings, and administrative procedures, which will be included in a regulatory framework for managing the fishery. Amends § 2.2-4002, § 2.2-4103, § 28.2-201, § 28.2-409, § 28.2-410, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


12/02/2018: Awaiting a Vote in the Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee


12/02/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100421D
12/02/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/09/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1046)

Hearing Scheduled

This bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources committee on 01/24/2019. It meets on Thursday, 1/2 hour after adjournment—Senate Room B.


Mike Wills writes:

Please pass this bill. It’s long over due to have the menhaden fishery managed by the VMRC like all the other fisheries and for VA to come into compliance with the ASMFC. Omega protein should not get special access and treatment just because they buy off our slimy politicians.

Bill Herring writes:

It's about time something is done in Virginia about the gross over harvest of menhaden at the mouth of the bay and coastal VA. The future of the Bay and it's inhabutants depends on it.

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