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Anglers push for menhaden conservation

More than 10,000 anglers and conservationists from Virginia and up and down the East Coast have signed a petition asking Gov. Glenn Youngkin to protect the Chesapeake Bay from the impacts of industrial menhaden fishing.

The petition is being delivered to Youngkin and the governor-appointed members of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to push for conservation of menhaden, a critical forage fish species.

A coalition of 11 national and 10 Virginia-based groups teamed up earlier this year to seek regulation changes that would move menhaden reduction fishing out of the Chesapeake Bay and stop fish spills from fouling the state’s beaches.

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