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Public Notice: 2001 STRIPED BASS PERMITEES 2001

FROM:            VIRGINIA MARINE RESOURCES COMMISSION

RE:                 CLOSURE OF 2001 COMMERCIAL STRIPED BASS  FISHERY

 Effective 0001 hours, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), Thursday, December 13, 2001, further landing or possession of striped bass caught for commercial purposes shall be prohibited.  The commercial striped bass quota for the 2001 season has been attained, based upon review of landing reports from the VMRC Mandatory Reporting Program and seafood buyers' places of business.  It has been determined the 2001 striped bass commercial quota of 1,701,748 pounds available to Virginia has been harvested. 

Section 4 VAC 20-252-150 "COMMERCIAL HARVEST QUOTA" of Virginia Regulation 4 VAC 20-252-10 ET SEQ. "PERTAINING TO THE TAKING OF STRIPED BASS" states:

A.  "The commercial harvest quota shall be determined annually by the Marine Resources Commission.  The total allowable level of all commercial harvest of striped bass for all open seasons and for all legal gear shall be 1,701,748 pounds of whole fish.  At such time as the total commercial harvest of striped bass is projected to reach 1,701,748 pounds, and announced as such, it shall be unlawful for any person to land or possess striped bass caught for commercial purposes.

Therefore, after 0001 hours, EDT, Thursday, December 13, 2001, landing or possession of striped bass harvested from Virginia tidal waters for commercial purposes, in Virginia shall be prohibited until the February 1, 2002 opening of the 2002 striped bass season.

Any 2001 tags issued and not used shall be returned to the Commission by the permittee.

No vessel harvesting from Virginia tidal waters may possess any striped bass for commercial purposes, at or after 0001 hours, EDT, Thursday, December 13, 2001.

If you have questions or comments contact Jack Travelstead at (757) 247-2247.

 




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