This article aims to highlight the unique stance taken by Virginia’s legislature and explain why this management is better left to the commission responsible for managing every other fishery in the Commonwealth. While there may not be a conclusive link between reduction industry practices and a decline in water quality, Virginia’s legislators should recognize the shift towards an ecosystem-based model as the most effective way to sustainably manage fisheries and all natural resources.
Matthew G. Curtis & Nicole M. Rovner, Legislative Control of the Menhaden Fishery, 15 Rich. L. J. & Pub. Int. 13 (2011).