The Virginia Marine Resources Commission invites public comment on proposed amendments to Regulation 4 VAC 20-890-10 ET SEQ., "Pertaining to Channeled Whelk".
Purpose: The purpose of the proposed amendments to 4 VAC 20-890-10 et seq., listed below as part of Emergency Regulation 4 VAC 20-891-10 et seq., is to conserve Virginia channeled whelk stocks and minimize the potential for overfishing channeled whelk.
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, January 25, 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.
EMERGENCY REGULATION 4 VAC 20-891-10 ET SEQ., "PERTAINING TO THE CONCH-POT FISHERY"
This emergency chapter specifies harvest areas for the limited entry conch-pot fishery for channeled whelk in Virginia tidal waters. Its provisions are designed to provide for a viable commercial fishery, while minimizing the potential for overfishing the channeled whelk stock in Virginia. This emergency chapter is promulgated pursuant to authority contained in §§28.2-201 and 28.2-210 of the Code of Virginia. The effective date of this emergency regulation is January 1, 2000.
4 VAC 20-891-10. PURPOSE.
The purpose of this chapter is to conserve Virginia channeled whelk stocks and minimize the potential for overfishing this channeled whelk stock.
4 VAC 20-891-20. PROHIBITIONS.
It shall be unlawful for any person licensed under the provisions of 4 VAC 20-890-25A as a commercial conch-pot fisherman to do any of the following unless otherwise specified:
A. Place, set or fish any conch pot in Virginia waters, other than the mainstem of Chesapeake Bay or in the Territorial Sea (up to the 3-Mile Limit Line).
B. Place, set or fish any conch pot within any channel.
C. Fail to inscribe each conch-pot buoy with the letter "W," followed by the last 4 numbers of the licensee's Commercial Registration License.
4 VAC 20-891-30. PENALTY.
As set forth in §28.2-903 of the Code of Virginia, any person violating any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor, and a second or subsequent violation of any provision of this regulation committed by the same person within twelve months of a prior violation is a Class 1 misdemeanor.
This is to certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate copy of the regulation passed by the Marine Resources Commission, pursuant to authority vested in the Commission by §§28.2-201 and 28.2-210 of the Code of Virginia, duly advertised according to statute, and recorded in the Commission's minute book, at meeting held in Newport News, Virginia on December 21, 1999.
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.