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Commercial Fishing Shark Possession Limits for combined aggregated large coastal sharks and commercially permitted hammerhead sharks 

Virginia has a variable possession limit for combined aggregated large coastal sharks and commercially permitted hammerhead sharks. Variable means the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) will change possession limits throughout the year, pass on those changes to Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), and the ASMFC will inform the Atlantic states what the modified possession limits are.  Accordingly, the current commercial possession limits in Virginia for combined aggregated large coastal sharks and commercially permitted hammerhead sharks will be posted to this web page, and are currently: 


March 29, 2019: 
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has reduced the retention limit for the commercial aggregated large coastal shark and hammerhead shark management groups (Appendix 1) for directed shark limited access permit holders in the Atlantic region from 25 to 3 sharks (other than sandbar sharks) per vessel per trip effective 11:30 p.m. April 1, 2019. The revised retention limit will remain in effect for the rest of the 2019 fishing season or until NMFS announces another adjustment to the retention limit, which is expected around July 15th. Per Regulation 4 VAC 20-490-10 ET SEQ. "Pertaining to Sharks" state possession limits mirror these new federal possession limits. [ASMFC Notice]





Please refer to REGULATION 4 VAC 20-490-10 ET SEQ. "PERTAINING TO SHARKS" for other regulations governing shark harvest.













 

 

 

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