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Public Notice:  Proposed Regulations, February 2017

NOTICE

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission invites public comment on proposed amendments to regulations, as shown below. By February 12, 2018, the proposed draft regulations may be viewed at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia.

In accordance with Section 28.2-209 of the Code of Virginia, a public hearing on the proposed amendments to these regulations will be held no earlier than 12:00 noon, on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia. Public comments on the proposals should be provided to Robert L. O’Reilly, VMRC Fisheries Management Division, 2600 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Newport News, Virginia 23607, by 12:00 p.m., Monday, February 26, 2018.

I. Chapter 4 VAC 20-960-10 et seq., “Pertaining to Tautog”

The Commission proposes to amend Chapter 4 VAC 20-960-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Tautog," to modify the recreational and commercial seasons and the recreational possession limit.

The purpose of this amendment is to comply with the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for this species.

II. Chapter 4 VAC 20-950-10 et seq., “Pertaining to Black Sea Bass”

The Commission proposes to amend Chapter 4 VAC 20-950-10 et seq.,"Pertaining to Black Sea Bass," to establish the commercial black sea bass fishery quota for 2018, and modify the bycatch trip limit.

The purpose of this amendment is to comply with the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for this species.

III. Chapter 4 VAC 20-910-10 et seq., “Pertaining to Scup (Porgy)”

The Commission proposes to amend Chapter 4 VAC 20-910-10 et seq., “Pertaining to Scup (Porgy),” to set commercial scup landing period dates, establish the 2018 commercial summer period quota, and vessel trip limit.

The purpose of this amendment is to comply with the Federal and Interstate Management Plan for this species.


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VMRC DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES; THEREFORE, IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS BECAUSE OF A DISABILITY, PLEASE ADVISE MATT HULL (757-247-2214) NO LATER THAN FIVE WORK DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING DATE AND IDENTIFY YOUR NEEDS.

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