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COMMISSION AGENDA FEBRUARY 26, 2002

** CALL TO ORDER

** INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

** APPROVAL OF AGENDA

1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES - January 22, 2002

2. PERMITS (Projects over $50,000 with no objections and with staff recommendation for approval).

3. BAYMARK CONSTRUCTION CORPORATION, #93-0149, requests authorization to modify the marina portion of their existing permit. The modification is to realign the piers and boat slips for a more efficient marina layout and to construct six (6) open-sided and six (6) closed-sided shelters on their piers adjacent to their property along Kings Creek in the Town of Cape Charles.

4. CHESAPEAKE BAY BRIDGE AND TUNNEL DISTRICT, #98-0901. Commission consideration of revised permit drawings to place armor rock adjacent to existing trestle bents, tunnel islands and bridge piers on an as-needed basis to abate scour erosion caused by tidal currents adjacent to the Bay Bridge Tunnel.

5. B & E SEAFOOD, #2001-038. Application for 75 acres of Oyster Planting Ground on Nandua Creek, west of Curratuck Creek in Accomack County. The project is protested by adjacent and nearby property owners.

6. THOMAS E. RASMUSSEN, #2001-041. Application for 75 acres of Oyster Planting Ground on Nandua Creek, near the mouth of Curratuck Creek in Accomack County. The project is protested by adjacent and nearby property owners.

7. PUBLIC COMMENTS

8. ROBERT JENSEN: Rappahannock Preservation Society preliminary plan for native oyster recovery.

9. DISCUSSION: 2002 Oyster Replenishment Program

10. 2002 AMERICAN SHAD RESTORATION PROJECT: Request approval for procurement of services.

11. CONTINUED DISCUSSION: Proposed amendments to Regulation 4 VAC 20-252-10 et seq., "Pertaining to the Taking of Striped Bass" to reduce the ocean harvest of striped bass in the commercial fishery. A Public Hearing was held in January.

12. DISCUSSION: Proposed amendment to Regulation 4 VAC 20-950-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Black Sea Bass," to modify the commercial possession limit for the second, third and fourth quarters, 2002. Request for Public Hearing.

13. PUBLIC HEARING: Request for Public Hearing on proposed regulation amendments to: a) increase the commercial minimum size limit for black sea bass and increase the size of sea bass pot escape panels; and b) increase the recreational minimum size limit for black sea bass and repeal the closed recreational season.

14. PUBLIC HEARING: Proposed amendments to Regulation 4 VAC 20-620-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Summer Flounder," to establish the recreational fishery management measures for 2002. One Public Hearing was held on the Eastern Shore on January 29, 2002.

15. ESTABLISHMENT OF 2002 BLUE CRAB HARVEST RESTRICTIONS, with proposed amendments to Regulation 4 VAC 20-270-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Crabbing;" 4 VAC 20-700-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Crab Pots;" and 4 VAC 20-880-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Hard Crab and Peeler Pot License Sales." A Public Hearing was held in January.

16. REPEAT OFFENDER

** DATE OF NEXT COMMISSION MEETING: MARCH 26, 2002

** ADJOURNMENT


PAGE 2 ITEMS (Projects over $50,000 with no objections and with staff recommendation for approval)

2A. MARINE RESOURCES COMMISSION, #01-2181. Fisheries Management Division requests authorization to construct a subtidal oyster reef sanctuary measuring 860-feet long by-50 feet wide, with a maximum height of six (6) feet off the bottom, constructed of oyster and clam shell, centered near 37 38' 50" North Latitude and 76 31' 30" West Longitude, approximately 1,750 feet offshore, near Towles Point in the Rappahannock River on Public Ground No. 1, Lancaster County. The reef is proposed to be marked in accordance with the U. S. Coast Guard requirements.

2B. MARINE RESOURCES COMMISSION, #01-2194. The Fisheries Management Division requests authorization to construct two (2) intertidal oyster reef sanctuaries, each measuring 200-feet long by 30-feet wide, with maximum heights of six (6) feet off the bottom, constructed of oyster and clam shell, centered near 38 01' 43" North Latitude and 76 33' 24" West Longitude, south of Allen Point on Public Ground 14; and 38 02' 39" North Latitude and 76 33' 16" West Longitude, east of Crow Bar on Public Ground 11. Both reefs will be located in the Yeocomico River in Westmoreland County and are proposed to be marked in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard requirements.

2C. MARINE RESOURCES COMMISSION, #01-2205. The Fisheries Management Division requests authorization to construct three intertidal oyster reef sanctuaries comprised entirely of oyster and clamshell extending no more than five (5) feet above the bottom in the Lynnhaven River watershed in Virginia Beach. One reef is centered at 36 53'33" North Latitude, 76 01' 09" West Longitude, northwest of the First Landing State Park boat ramp in Broad Bay. The second reef is centered at 36 54'35" North Latitude, 76 02' 22" West Longitude, inshore of channel marker G7 in Long Creek. The third reef is centered at 36 53'33" North Latitude, 76 01' 09" West Longitude, at Great Neck Point in the Lynnhaven River in Virginia Beach. All three reefs are proposed to be marked in accordance with the U.S. Coast Guard requirements.

2D. MARINE RESOURCES COMMISSION, #01-2183. The Fisheries Management Division requests authorization to construct three subtidal oyster reef sanctuaries comprised entirely of oyster and clam shell extending six (6) feet above the bottom on Public Oyster Ground off the northern Middlesex County shoreline. One reef is centered at 37 44' 21" North Latitude and 76 35' 56" West Longitude, in water with a depth of approximately minus ten (-10) feet at mean low water, approximately 5000 feet east/southeast of Punchbowl Point and is proposed to be triangular with sides measuring 258 feet, 343 feet and 338 feet. A second reef is centered at 37 41' 58" North Latitude and 76 34' 50" West Longitude, in water with a depth of approximately minus ten (-10) feet at mean low water, approximately 4300 feet east of Weeks Creek and is proposed to be 500 feet long and 50 feet wide. The third reef is centered at 37 40' 31" North Latitude and 76 34' 05" West Longitude, in water with a depth of approximately minus thirteen (-13) feet at mean low water, approximately 3500 feet east/northeast of Long Point, at the mouth of LaGrange Creek and is proposed to be triangular with sides measuring 261 feet, 303 feet and 316 feet. All three reefs are proposed to be marked in accordance with the U.S. Coast Guard requirements.

2E. VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, #00-0899, requests a modification and extension of their existing permit to transplant submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) to two sites in the lower Potomac River as part of a mitigation effort in association with the Woodrow Wilson Bridge replacement project in the City of Alexandria. Specifically, VDOT is requesting to plant an additional 5,000 shoots of eelgrass (Zostera marina) and 10,000 shoots of widgeon grass (Ruppia maritima), all from land-based nursery stock, to the previously authorized sites in the Judith Sound and the Coan River (Kingscote Creek) in Northumberland County. Recommend approval, pending expiration of the public notice, for an additional two (2) years provided there will be no removal of wild stock plants from any naturally occurring SAV beds in the Commonwealth and that the project will continue to be conducted in accordance with the Commission's SAV Transplantation Guidelines.

2F. U. S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, #01-1614, requests authorization to install an approximately 485-foot long by 45-foot wide, continuous height riprap jetty which will extend approximately 400 feet channelward of mean low water at the mount of the Coan River and authorization for placement of approximately 6,000 cubic yards of sandy dredge material on to Public Ground #78 in conjunction with the dredging of the Coan River federal navigation channel in Northumberland County. The overboard, subsurface discharge and placement of the dredged material is intended to convert historically unproductive substrate into hard bottom suitable for utilization by the Commission's oyster replenishment program. 

2G. CITY OF POQUOSON, #01-1471, requests authorization to dredge 30,300 cubic yards of State-owned submerged lands, install a 280-foot long by 10-foot wide open-pile community pier with a 253-foot long by 8-foot wide T-head, associated finger piers and a 35-foot long by 16-foot wide concrete boat ramps with tending piers adjacent to their property situated at Messick Point along Front Cove. All dredge material is to be placed in a confined upland disposal site.

2H. DOMINION TELECOMMUNICATION, #01-2214, requests authorization to install, by the directional bore method, eight (8) 11/2-inch diameter conduits for fiber optic cables, a minimum of six (6) feet beneath a 300-foot wide portion of Four Mile Run, at Four Mile Run Park in Arlington County and the City of Alexandria.

2I. CITY OF NORFOLK, #00-0894, requests authorization to construct a 120-foot long by 90-foot wide replacement bridge across Wayne Creek at Tidewater Drive and relocate existing utilities to a point approximately ten (10) feet upstream of the new bridge.


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