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AGENDA march 25, 2014

**APPROVAL OF AGENDA.

1.  MINUTES of previous meeting.

2.  PERMITS (Projects over $500,000 with no objections and with staff recommendation for approval).

3.  CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS.

4.  CLOSED MEETING FOR CONSULTATION WITH, OR BRIEFING BY COUNSEL.

5.  TRI-PORT TERMINALS, LLC, #14-0229, requests authorization to construct approximately 134 linear feet of steel-sheet pile bulkhead in the same alignment as the existing deteriorating bulkhead, and to install a dry hydrant, to include the use of a cofferdam, adjacent to their property at 1324 McCloud Road situated along the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake.  The project requires a wetlands and a subaqueous permit.

6.  TERRELL W. BOWERS, #13-0656, requests authorization to construct a 150-foot long by 6-foot wide open-pile community pier with a 552-foot long by 6-foot wide T-head for 46 wet slips at the proposed Rappahannock Cliffs subdivision on the Rappahannock River in Richmond County.  The project is protested.

7REQUEST FOR PUBLIC HEARING:  Arlington Plantation Homeowner’s Association, Inc., requests a permanent extension to the 47.15 acres of oyster planting ground set-aside area at the mouth of Old Plantation Creek.  The area was originally set-aside for ten years by the Commission on February 24, 2004, due to submerged aquatic vegetation in the area. 

8.  PUBLIC COMMENTS.

9.  DISCUSSION: Commission procedures for revocation of licenses under 28.2-528, Unlawful Taking of Oysters. 

10.  REPEAT OFFENDERS.

11.  FAILURE TO REPORT:  Cases involving failure to report commercial harvests, in accordance with Chapter 4VAC20-610-10 et seq., “Pertaining to Commercial Fishing and Mandatory Harvest Reporting.”

12.  PUBLIC HEARING:  Proposed reaffirming of amendments to Chapter 4VAC20-900-10 et seq. “Pertaining to Horseshoe Crabs” which were adopted on December 10, 2013 and made effective January 1, 2014.

13.  PUBLIC HEARING:  Proposed reaffirming of amendments to Chapter 4VAC20-490-10 et seq. “Pertaining to Sharks,” which were adopted February 25, 2014 and made effective March 1, 2014.

14.  PUBLIC HEARING:  Proposed adoption of previous emergency amendments to Chapter 4VAC20-280-10., “Pertaining to Red Drum and Speckled Trout”, to close the recreational speckled trout fishing season from March 1, 2014 through July 31, 2014, and proposed amendments to lower the recreational possession limit year-round, establish commercial buyer mandatory reporting and establish a by-catch limit for the commercial harvest of speckled trout.

15.  PUBLIC HEARING:  Proposed amendments to Chapter 4VAC20-280-10., “Pertaining to Red Drum and Speckled Trout” to lower the commercial maximum size limit for red drum, from 26 inches to 25 inches, and to increase the commercial possession limit from 3 fish to 5 fish.

16.  PUBLIC HEARING:  Proposed adoption of previous emergency amendments to Chapter 4VAC20-620-10 et seq., “Pertaining to Summer Flounder” to establish a consecutive 20-day commercial landing period, beginning on the second Wednesday of March.

17.  PUBLIC HEARING:  Proposed amendments to Chapter 4VAC20-950-10 et seq., “Pertaining to Black Sea Bass” to establish the 2014 commercial black sea bass quota as 434,000 pounds, and a request for an April public hearing to establish the recreational season and possession limit for black sea bass.

18. PUBLIC HEARING:  Proposed amendments to Chapter 4VAC20-510-10 et seq., “Pertaining to Amberjack and Cobia” to establish daily vessel cobia possession limits for recreational vessels, as well as commercial vessels operated by lawful commercial hook-and-line licensees. 

19.  RECOMMENDATIONS:  From the Recreational Fishing Advisory Board on funding projects from the Virginia Saltwater Recreational Fishing Development Fund.

20.  REQUEST FOR PUBLIC HEARING:  To amend public and private warm-water shellfish management measures established in Chapter 4VAC20-1230-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Restrictions on Shellfish.”


PAGE 2 ITEMS (Projects over $500,000 with no objections and with staff recommendation for approval).

2A.  ELIZABETH RIVER CROSSINGS, OPCO LLC, #11-1116, requests authorization to install three (3) double point bow-stern moorings designed to temporarily moor a maximum of six (6) concrete immersed tube tunnel (ITT) elements within the limits of Anchorage I-1 to the west of the Monitor Merrimac Bridge Tunnel in Hampton Roads, in association with the construction of an additional tunnel for the Mid-town crossing as part of the U.S. Route 58 Downtown Tunnel/Mid-town Tunnel/Martin Luther King Freeway Expansion Project across the Elizabeth River between the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth.  The moorings will be removed once all tunnel elements have been placed. 

PAGE 3 ITEMS

NONE. 

 

VMRC DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES; THEREFORE, IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS DUE TO A DISABILITY, PLEASE ADVISE JANE MCCROSKEY (757-247-2215) NO LATER THAN FIVE WORK DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING DATE AND IDENTIFY YOUR NEEDS.

FISHERY MANAGEMENT ITEMS WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THE HABITAT MANAGEMENT PROJECTS ON THIS AGENDA.

 

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