The Virginia Marine Resources Commission invites public comment on a proposed amendment to Regulation 4 VAC 20-700-10 ET SEQ., "Pertaining to Crab Pots". The proposed amendment, is shown below.
The purposes of the proposed amendment is to reduce economic loss attributable to maintaining an unobstructed large-size (2 5/16"inside diameter) cull ring in crab pots in certain tidal Virginia waters.
In accordance with §28.2-209 of the Code of Virginia, a public hearing on the adoption of the proposed amendments will be held at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia. Written comments on the proposals should be mailed to: Jack Travelstead, VMRC Fisheries Management Division, P. O. Box 756, Newport News, VA 23607. A copy of the proposed regulation may be reviewed at the Commission during Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 P.M. Persons interested in obtaining a copy of the proposed regulation may call the Commission at (757) 247-2248.
The required 2 5/16-inch inside diameter cull ring may be obstructed in crab pots set in Virginia tidal waters other than the currently allowed seaside areas of Accomack and Northampton Counties.
VMRC DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES. IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION DUE TO A DISABILITY, PLEASE ADVISE DEBORAH CAWTHON (757) 247-2248 NO LESS THAN FIVE WORK DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING TIME AND IDENTIFY YOUR NEED.