Omega Protein At Center Of Suit

A federal lawsuit recently unsealed alleges that Omega Protein, the lone menhaden reduction fishery in the Chesapeake Bay, violated federal law by concealing its foreign ownership through a shell company. Private investigators brought the lawsuit forward, claiming that profits from the fishery were being routed to a Canadian company instead of remaining in Virginia. Omega Protein denies the allegations, stating the lawsuit is without merit. The case, which could result in fines exceeding $2 billion, highlights ongoing tensions between conservationists and the fishing industry here in Virginia.