REEDVILLE, Va. (AP)- A panel of Virginia legislators, environmentalists and watermen will study fishing pressures on menhaden.
The small fish is in high demand for use in health supplements and a critical food source for other Chesapeake Bay fish.
The creation of the 26-member panel follows a report earlier this year by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. It recommends limits on the menhaden fishery because of relatively low spawning stock.
The oily, bony fish are key links in the bay's food chain, supporting striped bass, bluefish and other species. They are also processed into omega-3 fish oils sold as heart-healthy food supplements.