Sunday, July 21, 2024

Support the health of the ocean and bay by attending this celebration

VIRGINIA BEACH — From the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay, to the Elizabeth, Lynnhaven, and North Landing Rivers, the Southside is nearly synonymous with water.

Virginia’s coastal economy depends on healthy and abundant waters, and local organizations are coming together on Monday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Dockside Seafood in Virginia Beach to highlight the success of the Manguson-Stevens Act, according to a news release from Oceana.

The MSA is the primary law governing marine fisheries management in U.S. federal waters. First passed in 1976, the MSA fosters long-term biological and economic sustainability of the nation’s marine fisheries.

Related story: Federal money provides new start to Lynnhaven River Basin restoration

Organized by Oceana, the event will feature special guests Peter DeFur of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Karen Burns of the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center.

The event is free and will have fresh golden tilefish and other local seafood fare, as well as complimentary wine and beer. Representatives from the Virginia Aquarium, Pleasure House Oysters, Surfrider Foundation, and Amory Seafood will also be in support of the MSA.

Those interested in attending must RSVP here by Thursday. For questions about registration, email Terra Pascarosa or 757-291-4736.

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