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Public Notice: Recreational Saltwater Free Fishing Days 2004

    Pursuant to Section 28.2-302.5(B), July 3, 4, and 5 (2004) have been designated as Free Fishing Days for Virginia marine waters by Commissioner William A. Pruitt, of the Marine Resources Commission.  For those three days no saltwater fishing license will be required to fish recreationally in Virginia’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay, in the tributary rivers up to the point where freshwater licenses are required, and in the coastal waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

    “This is a great opportunity for family and friends to discover the enjoyment of fishing and boating,” said Commissioner Pruitt.  Fishing is a wholesome recreational activity that provides fun for family members of all ages.  Fishing provides quality time for families – away from the distractions of our modern society.  A day on the water develops a better appreciation for our natural environment, which helps us become better stewards of our natural resources.

    According to the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, fishing and boating ranked as the number one leisure activity for the family, with more than 50 million Americans participating annually.  Free fishing days is an opportunity to discover the leisure activity that creates bonds among families and friends and produces memories that can last a lifetime without the expense of purchasing a license.

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