Greenpeace activists prevent industrial fishing giant Omega from reaching a large school of menhaden.
Omega Protein has been fishing for trouble in the waters of the
Chesapeake Bay, and on August 10, they found it. We're causing a
lot of trouble to save a little fish called menhaden.
Factory fishing giant Omega has been vacuuming up massive
quantities of this tiny fish, and it has had a devastating impact
on ecosystems up and down the East Coast. That's because the
menhaden is a critical part of the food chain that stretches all
the way up to the majestic whale.
But this important little fish is disappearing, and there are no
regulations limiting the number of these fish Omega can vacuum from
the Chesapeake Bay. That's why we've decided to take matters into
our own hands. We're calling for a moratorium on industrial
fishing - and we're setting our own limits - by herding the fish
away from Omega's factory ships.
We sent a clear message to Omega, but in case they still don't
understand what we want, we sent them a
letter directly too.
Update! Big News for a Small Fish
For the first time ever, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries
Commission has decided to limit factory fishing for the menhaden in
the Chesapeake Bay.
On August 17, the commission met to decide the fate of the
menhaden. Things began with a rocky start as Jack Travelstead -
chairman of the commission - announced that there would be no
public comments allowed despite allotted time on the agenda, but
permitted Omega to speak at length with the commission. He added
that any discussion of a moratorium would be ruled "out of order."
Silly us - we thought chairmen were suppose to be impartial.
Omega then proposed a voluntary cap on itself to the
commission. However, the 131,000 metric ton "limit" is actually 30
percent MORE than what Omega currently catches. Fortunately, that
proposal failed and the catch limit was set at 105,000 metric
The commission's decision was clearly influenced by the
outpouring of public support. Nearly 16,000 activists wrote the
commission calling for an end to Omega's destructive practices, and
our two protests on the Chesapeake Bay highlighted the importance
of this issue.
This cap is a step in the right direction, but the fight is far
from over. We're not letting Omega off the hook that easily.
Tell Omega you're not buying into its rotten practices.