Saturday, October 23, 2021


Some states entice people back to the workplace by increasing safety standards and higher minimum wage; Bannon held in Contempt of Congress; and the latest cyber security concerns.


House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress; Trump announces new social media platform TRUTH Social; and the Biden administration says it will continue to expel migrants under Title 42.


An all-Black Oklahoma town joins big cities in seeking reparations; a Kentucky vaccination skeptic does a 180; telehealth proves invaluable during pandemic; and spooky destinations lure tourists at Halloween.

Environmental Group Speaks Out Against Possible Omega Protein Certification


Thursday, December 13, 2018   

RICHMOND, Va. – Omega Protein Inc. is in the process of acquiring approval to raise the number of menhaden fish it can harvest, but environmental observers worry that certifying the company will mislead consumers.

Currently, Omega Protein can harvest 50,000 tons of menhaden a year from its Chesapeake Bay location.

The company looks to increase that number with a certification from the Marine Stewardship Council, which would verify that the practice is sustainable.

Omega Protein maintains its harvesting practice is sustainable and won't affect the menhaden population, but the Chesapeake Bay Foundation disagrees.

Chris Moore, a senior scientist with the foundation, says the company is not even following the guidelines for Atlantic Coast fishery management.

"It's especially important that consumers don't get the false sense of hope that this is a fishery that is well managed and that the folks participating in the fishery are working within the confines of the fishery management plan that's been adopted for that particular fishery," he states.

According to Moore, Omega Protein has fought the guidelines, making Virginia the only state not in compliance with the plan. The company's Vice President of Operations, Monty Diehl, quoted in a company news release, said that “Omega Protein and the Atlantic menhaden fishery have operated according to the highest standards of sustainability for a long time."

There is a 40-day public comment period on the Marine Stewardship Council website, where all comments will be compiled in a final report.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation also described ecological impacts if harvest numbers were to increase.

The menhaden's main role in the bay is to be eaten. They are food for bass, flounder, whales, dolphins and more.

Moore says limiting harvests of the species would keep them from declining further.

"The menhaden population in Chesapeake Bay has been lower than historical numbers for about the last 20 years or so, and actually the part of the management plan that Omega Protein fought was the piece that would've helped ensure we actually had a healthier population," he states.

The public comment period lasts until Jan. 4, 2019, and the assessment team must respond to each of the responses from the public.

An official determination on compliance is expected in February.

get more stories like this via email

California has collected more than 600 tons of unwanted prescription drugs since the Take-Back Day program began in 2010. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

Health and Wellness

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, when the Drug Enforcement Administration encourages everyone to clean out …

Health and Wellness

BALTIMORE - This month marks the four-year anniversary of the #MeToo movement, and an art project aims to help incarcerated survivors heal by telling …

Social Issues

OGDEN, Utah - Utah is one of only a handful of states that taxes food, but one state legislator says taxing groceries should become a thing of the …

In a new poll, 71% of all registered voters support strengthening rules to reduce oil and gas methane pollution, including 73% of Independents and 50% of Republicans. (Adobe Stock)


CASPER, Wyo. - A strong majority of voters across party lines say they want national rules similar to those passed in Wyoming to reduce methane …

Health and Wellness

ARLINGTON, Va. - Although COVID-19 rates have gone down, the virus continues to hit the Hispanic community especially hard. Now, a new campaign aims …

Child-care advocates say if North Dakota doesn't boost funding for the system, more families might pull out of the workforce because of access issues. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

BISMARCK, N.D. - A portion of American Rescue Plan funding sent to North Dakota has yet to be divvied up. Groups that want to improve the child-care …

Social Issues

PITTSBURGH - As businesses across the country deal with a massive labor shortage, Pennsylvania aims to entice people back to the workplace by …


ALBANY, N.Y. - Environmental groups want Gov. Kathy Hochul to sign a bill that mandates monitoring the state's drinking water for "emerging …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021