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Memorandum of understanding to limit menhaden fishing in the Chesapeake Bay

REEDVILLE—Ocean Harvesters, the largest participant in Virginia’s historic menhaden fishery, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Commonwealth of Virginia and other menhaden fishing companies that will put new limits on menhaden fishing in the Chesapeake Bay.

This MOU will limit potential sources of conflict between the fishery and other users of the bay and is part of the fishery’s efforts to continue to be responsible stewards of shared marine resources, according to a press release dated Thursday, April 20.

Ocean Harvesters has an exclusive, long-term supply agreement with Omega Protein of Reedville, which has operated continuously in the area since 1878.

“The new memorandum of understanding successfully addresses concerns that have been raised about how the menhaden fishery can best coexist….

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