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Publice Notice: Pertaining to the Taking of Black Drum

NOTICE

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission invites public comment on proposed amendments to the regulations 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, July 27, 2004, 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, July 26, 2004. 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.

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS:

I. Regulation 4 VAC 20-320-10 et seq., "Pertaining to the Taking of Black Drum."


The proposed amendments would 1) allow any registered commercial fisherman to catch and keep one black drum per day, and such harvest would count against the 120,000 pound quota that is currently limited to permitted registered commercial fishermen, and 2) eliminate the requirement that permitted commercial harvesters and buyers of black drum shall submit black drum harvest information to the Commission on a weekly basis.

II. Regulation 4 VAC 20-270-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Crabbing."

The Commission proposes to allow documented medical hardship exceptions to the lawful daily time period established for the commercial harvesting of crabs by crab pot or peeler pot. The current daily time period extends from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. during the months of April, September, October and November and from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. during the months of May, June, July and August. 

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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.

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