The Virginia Marine Resources Commission invites public comment on two proposed regulations as described below. In accordance with §28.2-209 of the Code of Virginia, a public hearing on the proposed regulations will be held at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, August 25, 1998, at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia. Written comments on the regulations should be mailed to: Jack Travelstead, VMRC Fisheries Management Division, P. O. Box 756, Newport News, Virginia, 23607. A copy of each proposed regulation may be reviewed at the Commission, Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Persons interested in obtaining copies of the regulation may call the Commission at (757) 247-2248.
1. REGULATION 4 VAC 20-1020-10 ET SEQ.
The proposed regulation implements the provisions of House Bill 993, adopted during the 1998 Session of the General Assembly. House Bill 993 amended §28.2-204.1 of the Code of Virginia and authorizes the Commission to issue gear licenses or permits to fish, which are currently restricted or limited, to any person who has resided for at least five years on an island in the Commonwealth that is at least three miles from the mainland.
Under current regulations, licenses and permits for crab pots, peeler pots, crab dredges, pound nets, black drum, striped bass, and commercial hook-and-line are capped and are issued only under special circumstances. The Commercial Fisherman Registration License is available to any applicant after a two year waiting period.
The Commission proposes by Regulation 4 VAC 20-1020-10 et seq. to make the above mentioned licenses and permits to fish available to any person who has resided on Tangier Island for at least five years.
2. REGULATION 4 VAC 20-1030-10 ET SEQ.:
The proposed regulation implements the provisions of House Bill 656, adopted during the 1998 Session of the General Assembly. House Bill 656 amended §28.2-705 of the Code of Virginia and authorizes the Commission to allow the placement of food (bait) for adult male (jimmy) crabs in peeler pots.
The Commission proposes by Regulation 4 VAC 20-1030-10 et seq. to allow the placement of food (bait) in peeler pots.
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