The bill on menhaden, also known as bunker, would prevent purse seining, a method in which commercial fishing vessels, aided by spotter planes, encircle a school of fish with a net before sucking them onboard with a vacuum.
The bill would ban the method in New York waters, which extend 3 miles offshore.
Further in the article in presenting both sides:
A spokesman for Omega Protein, the largest menhaden fishing corporation, said Sunday that the proposed bill was cosmetic, because the company catches most of its fish off Maryland and Virginia.
"This bill is more a feel-good piece of legislation for environmentalists, but will have no impact on us at all," said Ben Landry, the spokesman for Omega, which uses the fish in aquaculture, pet food and fish oil supplements.
If you like to read what is in the corresponding bills...
Relates to the taking of menhaden; provides that menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) from which oil or meal is made may not be taken from the waters of the marine district with a purse seine unless the department determines there is an imminent risk of a fish kill.