Atlantic Fisheries

Sandy Hausman

Virginia is the top supplier of seafood on the east coast.  Our watermen harvest more than four dozen species – scallops and oysters, blue crabs, clams, flounder and other fin fish worth over $200 million.  The creatures that live off our coast face some big problems, but  scientists here are hoping to find solutions that make sustainable fishing possible.


Virginia’s legislature is back in session, and that means lawmakers will again be talking about a tiny fish called the menhaden.  It’s the only fish regulated by lawmakers rather than scientists, and proposed catch limits are again proving controversial.

(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Since 1976, Democrats and Republicans have worked together to regulate commercial and recreational fishing in this country, but that could change this week when Congress votes on House Resolution 200. 

It seems even fish are now a partisan affair.