Chesapeake Bay

Governor Declares VA's Menhaden Harvest Level

Jun 4, 2015

Last month fisheries managers from Florida to Maine voted for a ten percent increase in commercial harvests of menhaden.

The oily fish is loved by bald eagles, osprey and other fish and is used along the Atlantic as bait to catch tastier fare like lobster and crab. At a rainy ceremony today, Governor Terry McAuliffe threw his support behind Omega Protein, the last fish rendering plant on the East Coast.

Modest Harvest Boost for Menhaden

May 6, 2015

This week, East Coast fisheries managers voted to increase by 10-percent the catch for menhaden. The fish is used as bait, processed for vitamin supplements and food for fish farms. The two-year increase will give back half of the 20 percent harvest reduction taken in 2012.

It's been a three year battle between commercial fishermen and environmentalists. But after scientists reworked models they found a healthier stock of menhaden. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission was asked to reconsider the economic impact of their catch limits.

Tangier Island Missing Oyster Floats

Mar 4, 2015

It's been a rough winter out on the Chesapeake Bay for Virginia's Tangier Island. Last month, Virginia Army National Guard flew in supplies after residents were trapped by thick ice from days of freezing temperatures and snow.

Now, island watermen and a group of Richmond investors including former State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli have been dealt another blow by mother nature.

The Brock Environmental Center

Dec 2, 2014
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Many people spend their weekends looking at houses. Some are in the market to buy.  Others are just nosey, but recently Virginians toured a new building like no other in the nation – a place that gets all its water from rain, generates all the power it needs, has not a single flush toilet and keeps the floors clean in an ingenious way. 

As the blue crab harvest in the Chesapeake Bay continues to decline there's still uncertainty over the causes and disagreement about what should be done. 

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link.