The Virginia Marine Resources Commission invites public comment on the
proposed amendments to Regulation 4 VAC 20-490-10 ET SEQ."PERTAINING TO
SHARKS," as listed below.
In accordance with §28.2-209 of the Code of Virginia, a public hearing on the proposed amendments will be held at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at the Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia. Written comments on the proposals should be mailed to Jack Travelstead, VMRC Fisheries Management Division, 2600 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Newport News, Virginia 23607, by 5:00 p.m., Monday, November 21, 2005. Copies of the proposed amendments may be reviewed at the Commission Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and may be obtained by calling the Commission at (757) 247-2248.
The following proposed amendments are offered for public comment and either supersede current provisions or establish new regulatory requirements:style="color: navy;"
Regulation 4 VAC 20-490-10 et seq. "PERTAINING TO SHARKS"
4 VAC 20-490-20. DEFINITIONS:
The definition of carcass length is proposed for elimination from the regulation, while a definition of dressed weight is proposed to be added to the regulation, and the definitions of fork length and longline are proposed for modification. In addition, the single grouping of all shark species is proposed for modification, by defining 4 groups of shark species: Large Coastal Shark Group; Pelagic Shark Group; Prohibited Shark Group; and, Small Coastal Shark Group. Also, Smooth Dogfish are proposed for exclusion as a defined shark species.
4 VAC 20-490-40. RECREATIONAL CATCH LIMITATIONS:
VMRC DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES; THEREFORE, IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS DUE TO A DISABILITY, PLEASE ADVISE DEBORAH CAWTHON (757) 247-2248 NO LATER THAN FIVE WORK DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING DATE AND IDENTIFY YOUR NEEDS.