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COMMISSION ACTIONS APRIL 2002

APRIL 2002 COMMISSION ACTIONS

Agenda Items for the April 23, 2002 Commission meeting are listed below with the Commission's actions in bold.

 1.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES - March 26, 2002. The Commission approved the minutes as
       circulated.

2.   PERMITS (Projects over $50,000 with no objections and with staff recommendation for
      approval). The commission voted, 8-0, to approve the permits.

3.   ROBERT W. TAYLOR, #02-0022-21, requests authorization to construct a second
      private, non-commercial, open-pile pier extending 190 feet channel ward of mean low
      water and 32' by 16' open-sided boathouse adjacent to his property situated along the
      York River in King and Queen County. An adjoining property owner protests the project.
      The Commission voted, 8-0, to approve the permit as recommended by staff.

4.   JEFF HARRIS, #00-0138-15, requests authorization to construct a 31-foot long by
      16-foot wide private, non-commercial, open-pile boathouse with a 4-foot by 16-foot
      elevated deck adjacent to his property situated along the Poquoson River in York County.
      An adjacent property owner protests the project. The Commission voted, 5-3, to approve
      the open-pile boathouse, but rejected the adjacent elevated deck.

5.   RED RIVER COAL COMPANY, INC., #02-0399, requests authorization to construct a
      30-foot x 40-foot clear span bridge across the Powell River to provide vehicular access to
      a proposed mining operation in the Dorchester community of Wise County. A nearby
      property owner protests the project. The Commission voted, 8-0, to approve the permit
      with staff recommendations.

6.   E. D. COCKRELL, SR., #00-0997-13, requests after-the-fact authorization to retain two
      (2) 24-foot long by 31/2-foot wide extensions to an existing 24-foot long community-use
      timber tending pier adjacent to his property situated along a cove of the Great Wicomico
      River in Northumberland County. The Commission voted, 7-0, to approve the
      after-the-fact permit request. (Associate Member Cowart did not participate or vote.)

7.   STRATFORD HARBOUR POA INC., #01-1603-20, requests after-the-fact authorization
      to retain a boatlift installed within a wet slip at an existing community pier situated along
      Currioman Bay in Westmoreland County. The Commission voted, 8-0, to approve the
      after-the-fact permit request with a $600 civil charge in lieu of other enforcement action.

8.   PUBLIC COMMENTS: The James River watermen requested an extension of the season
      in the clean-cull and seed areas of the river. The Commission voted, 8-0, to approve the
      extension through June 30. Waterman Kelly Place also asked the Commission to hold a
      public discussion at its May meeting on striped bass in regard to the upcoming ASMFC
      meeting that will examine Virginia's approach to the striped bass coastal fishery.

9.   SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS: Col. Steven Bowman, Chief, Law Enforcement Division
      made two presentations to Marine Patrol Officers. Lawrence Ayers was recognized for his
      20-years of service as he retires from the agency and Allen Marshall was recognized after
      being presented by the U.S. Coast Guard with its Distinguished Public Service Award.
10.  DISCUSSION:  Adjustment of the summer period (May 1 - October 31) commercial scup
       quota, from 2774 pounds to 4987 pounds.   Request for May 2002 Public Hearing. The
       Commission voted, 7-0, to set a public hearing for meeting May 28.

11.  PUBLIC HEARING:  Consideration of a proposed one-month extension of the allowance
       for small-mesh (to 2 inches) drift gill nets to be fished in upriver areas. The Commission
       voted, 7-0, to approve the extension.

12.  PUBLIC HEARING:  Consideration of an expansion of the 661-square mile Virginia
       Bay-wide Blue Crab Spawning Sanctuary and consideration of short-term prohibitions on
       the harvest of sponge crabs. The Commission voted, 7-1, to set a public hearing for May
       28 to consider new alternatives offered for consideration regarding the "deep-water" crab
       sanctuary in the Chesapeake Bay.  The hearing also will involve discussions on the
       proposals related to the several proposals restricting the taking of female crabs.

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