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Publice Notice: PERTAINING TO SHARKS 2004

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission invites public comment on the proposed emergency amendments to Regulation 4 VAC 20-490-10 ET SEQ., "PERTAINING TO SHARKS", as listed below.  The emergency amendments were adopted by the Commission at its meeting on April 27, 2004, in accordance with § 28.2-210 of the Code of Virginia, and are proposed for inclusion as a permanent Regulation 4 VAC 20-490-10 ET SEQ.

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, May 25, 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, May 24, 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.

PURPOSE:  The purpose of the emergency amendments is to maintain compliance with the interstate management plan for spiny dogfish.


The Commission, by emergency action on April 27, 2004, amended Regulation 4 VAC 20-490-40 F to lower the possession and vessel landing limit from 4,000 pounds of spiny dogfish per day to 600 pounds of spiny dogfish per day, from May 1 through October 30, and establish a possession and vessel landing limit of 300 pounds of spiny dogfish per day, from November 1 through April 30, for commercial purposes.  By emergency action, the Commission also eliminated the dealer reporting requirements associated with landings of spiny dogfish.

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