Officials say the Department of Natural Resources has missed a deadline to reply to written questions from the plaintiffs in a lawsuit about the 2013 menhaden regulations.
Watermen file suit against the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, saying the new rules restricting menhaden catch threaten livelihoods.
Fisheries regulators have voted for a 20 percent cut in the catch of menhaden, an oily fish prized for use in dietary supplements, cosmetics and animal feed.
Fisheries regulators vote Friday on whether to cut the size of the legal catch of the environmentally important menhaden, an oily fish prized for use in dietary supplements, cosmetics and animal feed.
Scientists say the conditions that killed thousands of fish recently in Maryland waters may be improving slightly, but dead fish continue to surface.
Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says he is considering court action over menhaden if regulators don’t cut the amount taken by a Virginia processor.
Odds are it’s never been on your dinner plate, but it’s helped get other fish there. Menhaden are near the bottom of the food chain, and it makes them important enough to rescue from overfishing.
Fisheries regulators voted Wednesday to reduce by more than one-third the harvest of menhaden, a small fish that plays a big ecological role in the health of the Chesapeake Bay and the fish that swim in its waters.
A very smelly problem. Tons of dead fish are washing up in Ocean City.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says a decision by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to
adopt a long-term menhaden management approach sets a solid course for the environmentally important species.
A Maryland lawmaker wants to ban products made from menhaden.
A bill to shift management of a small but important Chesapeake Bay fish from the Virginia General Assembly to a state regulatory agency died in committee on Monday.