The debate over who could best manage Virginia’s menhaden fishery proved to be short-lived.

Legislation introduced on the first day of the General Assembly session which would have transferred oversight from legislators to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission was killed in both the House and Senate by the end of January.

State Sen. Ralph Northam, D-Norfolk, who sponsored the Senate version, pulled the bill without a vote knowing defeat was inevitable. Meanwhile, a House subcommittee killed an identical bill from Sen. John Cosgrove, R-Chesapeake.

"I guess the time for this just isn’t right yet," Cosgrove told the Virginian-Pilot after the subcommittee action.

Chesapeake Bay Journal: VA legislators kill bills to transfer menhaden management to VMRC – March 2010

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