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: 


October 9, 2019: 
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has increased 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 45 to 55 sharks per vessel per trip effective October 9, 2019.  Per Regulation 4 VAC 20-490-10 ET SEQ. "Pertaining to Sharks" state possession limits mirror these new federal possession limits. [NOAA 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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