Cooke-owned Omega Protein in Virginia said the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) decision on Tuesday to cut the US Atlantic coast menhaden quota by 10 percent "is not an unreasonable step."

ASMFC voted 13 to 5 to cut the quota to 194,400 metric tons for the 2021 and 2022 seasons.

In response to the reduced catch limit, Omega released a statement saying the company “recognizes the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s decision to reduce the coastwide [harvest] by 10 percent, while not preferred, is not an unreasonable step toward moving to ecological management of this species," reported the Chesapeake Bay Magazine.

Last year the US Gulf of Mexico menhaden fishery was officially certified as sustainable against Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards, meaning all fishmeal and fish oil derived from the fishery's catch can carry an MSC eco-label.