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Menhaden Fish to Stir Big Debate in Va. General Assembly

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP)- A little fish is expected to cause a big debate among Virginia lawmakers this session.
    
A dozen lawmakers representing the Chesapeake Bay region have signed onto bills in the General Assembly this year that would change the way the way the state manages menhaden, a fish used to make fish meal, fish oil and other products.
    
Del. Barry Knight, a Republican from Virginia Beach, who long sought to rein in the fishery, tells the Virginian-Pilot (bit.ly/1TSDvrh) that there's an unprecedented level of support for menhaden-related legislation this year.
    
Knight is pushing legislation that would let the Virginia Marine Resources Commission regulate menhaden.
    
But Omega Protein Corp., which turns menhaden into other products, opposes the move. It says the General Assembly, not the Marine Resources Commission, should control the fishery's fate.
    

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