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Bycatch from Cook’s own Omega protein harvesting partner is launched on the shore and the beach is closed

According to the US Virginia beach, it was closed after cook-owned omega protein harvesting partners began to launch dead fish accidentally caught on the shore. Virginia pilot..

On Monday, an Ocean Harvester boat fishing for Menhaden encountered a “rare and unexpected” swarm of red drums in its nets during harvest.

In a statement about the incident, Omega Protein and Ocean Harvester, whose fleet is operating on behalf of Omega Protein as part of a long-term supply contract, notice a group of red drums on the net while the ship’s captain is carrying Menharden. He told the ship, and instructed the crew to open the net and release the fish.

Many fish swam away, but the captain admitted that “it is likely that many fish died during the incident.”

“There is no record of a recent incident of this kind,” the two companies added.

Fishermen in Menharden are actively avoiding the red drum as it is considered bycatch in the fishing industry. In the event of an incident, the company will immediately notify the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) and assume “full responsibility”.

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The number of fish affected by this incident is unknown.

Omega Protein said it would send a crew to help clean the beach and monitor the beach for other bycatch that would be washed up on the shore.

According to the state, the beach will reopen on Thursday. Virginia pilot..

“We are aware of the impact and inconvenience of the Monday incident on the Eastern Shore community and will continue to focus on the situation until it improves,” the company said.

OMEGA produces fish oil, protein-rich specialty fishmeal, and other ingredients for livestock and aquaculture feed manufacturers.

OMEGA operates seven manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada and Europe. The company also operates more than 30 vessels harvesting Menhaden in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.

In addition to Omega Protein, another major operator in the Gulf Menhaden Fisheries is Daybrook Fisheries, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Oceana Group in South Africa.

Oceana Group CEO Imraan Soomra resigned earlier this year After the whistleblower asks a question 25% stake in Group in West Bank FishingA subsidiary of Daybrook, which has been accounted for. No evidence of fraud was found.

https://www.intrafish.com/sustainability/bycatch-from-cooke-owned-omega-proteins-harvesting-partner-washes-ashore-closing-down-beach/2-1-1267712 Bycatch from Cook’s own Omega protein harvesting partner is launched on the shore and the beach is closed

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