I think that most people familiar with the menhaden issue know that the state secretary of commerce has placed a moratorium on fishing for the menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay to begin effective June 17. Omega Protein (owned by Cooke of Canada) is the only company still in the business of catching menhaden in the bay.

Much has been discussed and written about how important the menhaden are to the bay. Menhaden have been called the most important fish in the sea. It is always mentioned that menhaden feed numerous other fishes like striped bass and bluefish, as well as whales and sharks, but there is more to the menhaden story.