The Virginia Marine Resources Commission invites public comment on the establishment of amendments to the regulations, as proposed below. By July 11, 2016, the proposed draft regulation may be viewed at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia.
In accordance with Section 28.2-209 of the Code of Virginia, a public hearing on the proposed amendments to this regulation will be held no earlier than 12:00 noon, on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia. Public comments on the proposals should be provided to Robert L. O’Reilly, VMRC Fisheries Management Division, 2600 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Newport News, Virginia 23607, by 12:00 p.m., Monday, July 25, 2016.
I. Chapter 4 VAC 20-1090-10 et seq., “Pertaining to Licensing Requirements and License Fees”
On June 28, 2016, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission adopted under its emergency regulatory authority (Section 28.2-210 of the Code of Virginia), amendments to this chapter. The amendments conform to recent changes to Section 28.2-226.2 of the Code of Virginia, whereby anyone licensed by a recreational 5-crab pot license who outfits those recreational crab pots with terrapin excluder devices shall be charged $36. However, anyone licensed by a recreational 5-crab pot license who does not outfit those recreational crab pots with terrapin excluder devices shall be charged $46. These licensing changes went into effect July 1, 2016.
The purpose of this amendment is to encourage terrapin conservation in the recreational crab pot fishery and comply with recent changes to the Code of Virginia.
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