An interesting note that Senator Stuart home district is the home of Omega Protein.
Regardless if they withdraw Virginia will still need to comply with the ASMFC regulations or the Department of Commerce can shut down the entire fishery for non-compliance.
SENATE BILL NO. 18
Offered January 11, 2012
Prefiled December 28, 2011
A BILL to repeal § 28.2-1000 of the Code of Virginia, relating to membership in the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Compact.
Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That § 28.2-1000 of the Code of Virginia is repealed.
2. That the Governor shall give notice of Virginia’s renunciation of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Compact as provided for in Article XII of the Compact.
Link to Bill #18 for Virginia to withdraw is located here.