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AGENDA MAY 26, 2015

**APPROVAL OF AGENDA.  

1.  MINUTES of previous meeting.

2.  PERMITS (Projects over $500,000 with no objections and with staff recommendation for approval).

3.  CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS.

4.  CLOSED MEETING FOR CONSULTATION WITH, OR BRIEFING BY COUNSEL.

5. TRICORD, INC., #15-0498, requests authorization to construct a concrete boat ramp, two (2) timber jetties, riprap scour protection, two (2) tending piers and a community fishing pier for waterfront access from property (Parcel 11, Tax Map 38-2-11) off Nottingham Drive adjacent to the Rappahannock River in Spotsylvania County. The project requires a wetlands and subaqueous permit.

6. DOMINION RESOURCES, INC., #10-1787, requests authorization to modify their existing wetlands permit to increase permanent wetland impacts from 0.007 acres to 0.012 acres, including revisions to the temporary fill plan for construction access associated with the permitted bridge crossing of Proctors Creek, adjacent to the Chesterfield Power Station at 603 Reymet Road in Chesterfield County.

7. DENNIS PARKER, #2013-079, requests authorization to lease approximately 100 acres at the mouth of Skiffs Creek at its confluence with the James River, in both the City of Newport News and James City County. The requested area is within an area currently closed for the direct harvest of shellfish, overlaps an existing Army Corps of Engineers navigation channel and turning basin, is partially adjacent to Fort Eustis Military base, and is partially within a restricted area of the James River.

8. WILMORE D. HOGGE, ET AL, #2014-204, requests authorization to lease approximately 70 acres within the Warwick River in the City of Newport News. The application is within an area currently closed for the direct harvest of shellfish.

9. JENNINGS BURTON, JR., ET AL, #2014-206, requests authorization to lease approximately 41 acres within the Warwick River in the City of Newport News. The application is within an area currently closed for the direct harvest of shellfish.

10. LINWOOD DEBREW, #2014-308, requests authorization to lease approximately 75 acres within the James River in the City of Newport News. The application is within an area currently closed for the direct harvest of shellfish.

11. PUBLIC COMMENT:

12. OFFENDERS:

13. FAILURE TO REPORT: Cases involving failure to report commercial harvests, in accordance with Chapter 4 VAC 20-610-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Commercial Fishing and Mandatory Harvest Reporting."

14. PUBLIC HEARING: On proposed amendments to Chapter 4 VAC 20-490-10 et seq. "Pertaining to Sharks," to advertise the establishment of an increase in the spiny dogfish commercial harvest quota for the upcoming fishing season, May 1 through April 30.

15. PUBLIC HEARING Blue Crab Fishery Issues: To review or authorize: 1) the dates associated with crab fishery season limits; 2) the daily commercial crab harvester, vessel and possession limits; 3) restrictions on the lawful crab harvesting dates on a gear-specific basis; 4) limitations on allowing any person licensed as a seafood buyer and crab fishery licensee to possess both licenses on board any boat or vessel on the same day (Chapter 4 VAC 20-270-10 et seq. "Pertaining to Crabbing"); 5) the date when harvesters may possess dark-colored sponge crabs (Chapter 4 VAC 20-370-10 et seq. "Pertaining to the Culling of Crabs"); 6) changes to the closed time periods of areas in the Blue Crab Sanctuary, to include allowing crab harvest in Virginia Blue Crab Sanctuary Area 4, but only in the portion of that area that extends from Cape Henry Light southward to Rudee Inlet, thence seaward at least mile (Chapter 4 VAC 20-752-10 et seq. "Pertaining to Blue Crab Sanctuary"); and, 7) the closure of the 2015 - 2016 winter crab dredge fishery season, in accordance with the provisions of Section 28.2-707 of the Code of Virginia (Chapter 4 VAC 20-1140-10 et seq.).

16. PUBLIC HEARING: Proposed amendments to Chapter 4 VAC 20-1290-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Relaying of Condemned Shellfish", to establish a daily permit and associated fee for the harvest and relay of condemned shellfish, and proposed amendments to Chapter 4 VAC 20-1090-10 et seq., "Pertaining to License Requirements and License Fees", to add the daily permit fee for the harvest and relay of condemned shellfish to the list of license requirements.

17. PUBLIC HEARING: Chapter 4 VAC 20-910-10 et seq. "Pertaining to Scup (Porgy)," Request to establish the 2015 commercial scup summer period harvest quota as 13,646 pounds.

18. RECOMMENDATIONS: From the Recreational Fishing Advisory Board, on funding projects from the Virginia Saltwater Recreational Fishing Development Fund, with certain projects also partly funded by the Marine Fishing Improvement Fund.

19. REQUEST FOR PUBLIC HEARING: Amendments to Chapter 4VAC 20-70-10 et seq., "Pertaining to the Harvesting of Clams," to establish a gear license for hand-held "water vacuum" or "water rake" for the harvesting of cultured hard clams on leased ground.

20. REQUEST FOR PUBLIC HEARING: Amendments to Chapter 4 VA20-560-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Shellfish Management Areas," to amend the lawful season of the harvest of clams by patent tong from the Newport News Shellfish Management Area.

21. REQUEST FOR A JUNE PUBLIC HEARING: to increase Virginia's portion of the coast wide total allowable catch of menhaden, in accordance with recent ASMFC actions.

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2A. CORMAN CONSTRUCTION, LLC, #14-0011, requests a permit modification to construct two (2) 25-foot long by 24-foot wide temporary clearspan bridges over Little Tuckahoe Creek to facilitate equipment access and replacement of the I-64 eastbound and westbound bridges in Goochland County.

2B. COLONNA'S SHIPYARD, #14-1717, requests authorization to maintenance dredge 60,000 cubic yards of State-owned submerged land per cycle, on an as-needed basis, adjacent to their facility at 400 East Indian River Road situated along the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Norfolk. Dredged material will be barged to the Craney Island Dredged Material Management Area (CIDMMA) and disposed of in the Rehandling Basin.

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VMRC DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES; THEREFORE, IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS DUE TO A DISABILITY, PLEASE ADVISE JANE MCCROSKEY (757-247-2215) NO LATER THAN FIVE WORK DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING DATE AND IDENTIFY YOUR NEEDS.

FISHERY MANAGEMENT ITEMS WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THE HABITAT MANAGEMENT PROJECTS ON THIS AGENDA.



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