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REGULATION: ESTABLISHES FOUR EASTERN SHORE BAYSIDE CREEK MANAGEMENT AREAS

VIRGINIA MARINE RESOURCES COMMISSION
"ESTABLISHES FOUR EASTERN SHORE BAYSIDE CREEK MANAGEMENT AREAS"
REGULATION 4 VAC 20-480-10 ET SEQ.

PREAMBLE

This regulation establishes four (4) Eastern Shore Bayside Creek Management Areas and prohibits the use of gill nets from June 1 through October 31 in these areas.

This regulation is promulgated pursuant to authority contained in 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia. This regulation amends and re-adopts previous regulation 450-01-0062, which was adopted June 26, 1990 and effective July 1, 1990. The effective date of this regulation is July 1, 1995.

4 VAC 20-480-10. Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to minimize gear conflicts existing between gill net fishermen and hook and line fishermen in the mouths of four Eastern Shore Bayside Creeks.

4 VAC 20-480-20. Prohibition.

During the period June 1 to October 31, inclusive, it shall be unlawful for any person to place, set or fish any gill net, including licensed fixed fishing devices, in the management areas defined below.

A. The Gulf. Beginning at mean low water at the northernmost point of Smith Beach Road (State Route 666); thence in a southwesterly direction along the mean low water line, for approximately one mile, to a point opposite where State Route 666 turns inland; thence due west 500 yards to a point offshore; thence in a northeasterly direction to a point being 500 yards west of mean low water at the end of State Route 630; thence in an easterly direction 500 yards to the mean low water line at the end of State Route 630; thence in a southerly direction across the mouth of the Gulf to the mean low water line at the northernmost point of Smith Beach Road (State Route 666), being the point of beginning.

B. Hungars Creek. Beginning at mean low water at the northernmost point of Hungars Beach; thence in a southerly direction along the mean low water line to the end of State Route 630; thence in a westerly direction 500 yards to a point offshore; thence in a northeasterly direction to a point 500 yards west of mean low water at the southernmost point of Great Neck; thence in an easterly direction to mean low water at the southernmost point of Great Neck; thence in a southwesterly direction to mean low water at the northernmost point of Hungars Beach, being the point of beginning.

C. Nassawadox Creek. Beginning at mean low water at Shooting Point, in a westerly direction for 250 yards; thence in a northwesterly direction to a point 250 yards west of mean low water at Nassawadox Point; thence in an easterly direction to mean low water at Nassawadox Point; thence in a southeasterly direction to the northernmost point of Horse Island; thence in a southwesterly direction to mean low water at Shooting Point, being the point of beginning.

D. Occohannock Creek. Beginning at mean low water at Sparrow Point, in a westerly direction for 500 yards; thence in a northeasterly direction to a point 500 yards west of mean low water at Powell's Bluff; thence in an easterly direction to mean low water at Powell's Bluff; thence in a southeasterly direction to a point on the eastern headland of Killmon Cove (Old Neck); thence in a southwesterly direction to Sparrow Point, being the point of beginning.

4 VAC 20-480-30. 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 this chapter committed by the same person within 12 months of a prior violation is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

 

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