The forecast for Tuesday is a high of 65 degrees, cloudy skies, southeast winds around 10 mph and, truth be known, a whole lot of heated debate.

The epicenter for the morning will be the Virginia Marine Resources Commission in Hampton, along the shores of Fort Monroe.

The source will be a public hearing on a VMRC proposal to keep the East Coast’s only menhaden reduction operation at least a mile off state shorelines and a half mile on either side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

It would include a total ban on menhaden fishing from July 1-7 and on Memorial and Labor Day weekends.

Omega Protein – the Canadian company that uses purse seine nets to capture the small, oily baitfish into human supplements and pet food – thinks the proposal is unnecessary.

Some fishing groups don’t think goes far enough.

A group of national fishing and conservation organizations are willing to accept the proposal, seeing it as a step in the right direction.

Tuesday’s friendly little gathering – read lots of sarcasm – could be the typical VMRC barnburner.

Big-time, high-dollar industry against the little guy – the recreational anglers and conservationist that can point to vast problems with the industry’s damage to the bay. Not to mention the annual net explosions that leave tons of dead fish along beaches and, this year, killed hundreds of big red drum.

The show starts at 9 a.m., but don’t expect to get inside unless you are there a lot earlier.

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