The objections raised by CCA and other sportfishing groups in opposition to certification of the industrial Atlantic menhaden fishery as a “sustainable fishery” are scheduled to be heard by an independent adjudicator on July 8 and 9. The GR Committee was briefed on the initial effort to oppose certification in April, and this next phase signifies that at least some of our arguments were deemed worthy of closer scrutiny by the Marine Stewardship Council. The attached release about these oral arguments is cleared for immediate distribution.
It is significant that we were able to reach this second round of the process, and while success is not guaranteed by any stretch of the imagination, our objection clearly contains several points that should be difficult for Omega to overcome. This entire certification process remains slanted in favor of the harvester so this remains an uphill fight, but opposition to certification has brought together a formidable array of groups. CCA, the American Sportfishing Association and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership joined together to file one objection, while The Nature Conservancy and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation worked together to file a separate objection. Even the state of Virginia, which is the home of Omega’s main operation, urged that the sustainability certification be denied.
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