The Virginia Marine Resources Commission invites public comment on proposed amendments to Regulation 4 VAC 20-80-10 et seq., "Pertaining to the Setting of Fishing Devices Proximate to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel." The purpose of the proposed amendments is to prohibit the setting of gill nets and fixed fishing devices adjacent to the new span of the Chesapeake Bay Bride-Tunnel.
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, May 25, 1999, at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia. Written comments on the proposal should be mailed to: Jack G. Travelstead, VMRC, Fisheries Management Division, P. O. Box 756, Newport News, Virginia 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.
Gill Nets: It shall be unlawful for any person to set, place, or fish a gill net of any type in the area extending 250 yards from either span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. For purposes of this paragraph, the distance shall be measured from the outer edges of each span, and extending from the low water mark on Fisherman's Island to the one-mile marker on the South end of the Bridge-Tunnel.
Fixed Fishing Devices: It shall be unlawful for any person to set, place, or fish a fixed fishing device of any type with 250 yards of either span of the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel. For purposes of this paragraph, the distance shall be measured from the outer edges of each span and shall apply anywhere along the Bridge-Tunnel and its causeways.
Drift Gill Net Exception: From November 1 through December 31, it shall be lawful to place drift gill nets for the harvest of striped bass within 250 yards of the north span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel extending from the mean low water mark on Fisherman's Island to the point where the gap between the north and south spans narrows from 800 feet to 250 feet.
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.