Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Trouble for Omegaven in Maryland

Gib just learned that there is a bill before the Maryland legislature that will prohibit the manufacture, distribution or sale of any products made from Atlantic Menhaden, the tiny smelly fish that we have been told is the primary source for Omegaven's omega-3 oils. HB1142, as it is known, is scheduled for a hearing on March 16. It is very vague but could mean the end of omega-3 supplements, medications, possible research in Maryland unless they can be shown to be derived from non-Menhaden sources.

We are not fans of the commercial menhaden industry and believe their fishing should come under more stringent control to look out for the oceans and the Chesapeake Bay, but this approach could have real consequences for people, both old and young in Maryland and beyond.

If you would like to have your opinion heard on this, especially if you live in Maryland, letters can be addressed to:

Delegate Maggie McIntosh, Chair
Delegate James E. Malone Jr., Vice Chair

Room 250, House Office Building, Annapolis, MD 21401-1991

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