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Public Notice:  Proposed Regulations, May 2018

NOTICE

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission invites public comment on proposed amendments to regulations, as shown below. By May 7, 2018, the proposed draft regulations may be viewed at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor, 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, May 22, 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, May 21, 2018.

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 2018 recreational fishery management measures. The 2017 recreational black sea bass fishery was managed by a 12 ˝-inch minimum size limit (total length) and a 15-fish possession limit. The open season was May 15 - September 21 and through October 22 - December 31.

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

VMRC DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES; THEREFORE, IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS BECAUSE OF A DISABILITY, PLEASE ADVISE MICHELE GUILFORD (757-247-2206) NO LATER THAN FIVE WORK DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING DATE AND IDENTIFY YOUR NEEDS.

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