Monday was another windy day on the ocean and bay, but only the ocean saw small craft advisories. Tuesday will see cloudy, but better weather with less wind, so perhaps a few boats will be able to reach the sea bass grounds.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is meeting this week and on Monday they voted to find Virginia out of compliance with menhaden. This is no big surprise since the Omega Protein company in Reedville, Virginia announced to the world their intention to over the quota imposed by the ASMFC.
The next step will be when the Commonwealth of Virginia appeals this decision to Secretary of Commerce Ross. New Jersey was able to get the Secretary to allow them to remain out of compliance on summer flounder and I am sure Virginia is thinking what’s good for New Jersey should be good for them. Perhaps Virginia has already been assured such will be the case. But hay, don’t listen to me, I have been around this fishery politics too long and may be just a little bit jaded.
This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.