Public Notice:  Proposed Regulations, October 2019

NOTICE

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission invites public comment on proposed amendments to regulations, as shown below. By October 7, 2019, the proposed draft regulations may be viewed at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 380 Fenwick Road, Bldg. 96, Fort Monroe, 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 on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 380 Fenwick Road, Bldg. 96, Fort Monroe, Virginia. Public comments on the proposals should be provided to Patrick Geer, VMRC Fisheries Management Division, 380 Fenwick Road, Bldg. 96, Fort Monroe, Virginia 23651, by 12:00 p.m., Monday, October 21, 2019.

The Commission may review Fisheries Management Division items as early as 9:30 a.m.

I. Chapter 4 VAC 20-510-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Amberjack and Cobia"

On September 24, 2019, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission adopted, under its emergency regulatory authority (Section 28.2-210 of the Code of Virginia), amendments to Chapter 4 VAC 20-510-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Amberjack and Cobia", to establish a closure of the commercial cobia season effective October 1, 2019.

The purpose of this amendment is to comply with the interstate management plan for this species.

II. Chapter 4 VAC 20-490-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Sharks"

The Commission proposes to amend Chapter 4 VAC 20-490-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Sharks," to revise the minimum recreational size limit for Atlantic shortfin mako sharks.

The purpose of this amendment is to comply with the interstate management plan for this species.

III. 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 establish a tautog commercial permit and ASMFC mandated tagging system.

The purpose of this amendment is to comply with an ASMFC mandate to reduce the harvest and sale of illegal and undersized fish through a tagging system for all tautog commercially landed, bought, and sold.

VMRC DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES; THEREFORE, IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS BECAUSE OF A DISABILITY, PLEASE ADVISE ELLEN BOLEN, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER (757-247-2269) NO LATER THAN FIVE WORK DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING DATE AND IDENTIFY YOUR NEEDS.

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