Marine Resources Commission Regulation Index

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All REGULATION # TITLE EFFECTIVE
4 VAC 20-60-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Display of License to Catch Finfish or Crabs 08/01/1995
4 VAC 20-610-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Commercial Fishing and Mandatory Harvest Reporting 08/01/2015
4 VAC 20-670-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Recreational Gear Licenses 07/05/2019
4 VAC 20-730-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Nonresident Harvesters License Fee 12/01/2005
4 VAC 20-754-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Importation of Fish, Shellfish or Crustacea 11/27/2002
4 VAC 20-920-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Landing Licenses 12/01/2010
4 VAC 20-1045-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Establishment of Restricted Areas 10/01/2004
4 VAC 20-1050-10 ET SEQ. Restricted area at Huntington Ingalls Industries/Newport News Shipbuilding Company 07/26/2011
4 VAC 20-1060-10 ET SEQ. Restricted area at Dominion Power/Nuclear Power Station 02/01/2011
4 VAC 20-1065-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Establishment of Restricted Area - Plum Tree Island Wildlife Refuge Range 02/01/2005
4 VAC 20-1090-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Licensing Requirements and License Fees

07/30/2016
4 VAC 20-1150-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Charter Boat and Head Boat Fisheries

08/01/2008
4 VAC 20-1170-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to requirements related to the purchase of fish, from the catcher 12/01/2008
4 VAC20-1240-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Fisherman Identification Program 03/01/2012
4 VAC20-1280-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Fishing License and Privilege Revocations 05/01/2015
4 VAC20-1320-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Establishment of Restricted Area - Maritime Administration James River Reserve Fleet 06/30/2016
Section § 28.2-232 of the Code of Virginia authorizes the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to revoke the licenses and fishing privileges of a person who has violated certain laws for a period of up to five years. Guidelines on the Scope of License and Privilege Revocation orders made by the Commission 08/22/2017
Clam REGULATION # TITLE EFFECTIVE
4 VAC 20-70-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Harvesting of Clams 07/01/2015
4 VAC 20-100-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Taking of Clams on Seaside of Eastern Shore 08/01/1995
4 VAC 20-230-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Harvesting of Surf Clams 12/01/2005
4 VAC 20-560-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Shellfish Management Areas 08/01/2015
4 VAC 20-561-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Hampton Flats Hard Clam Harvest Area 08/16/2001
4 VAC 20-566-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Hampton Roads Shellfish Relay Area 08/01/2006
4 VAC 20-590-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Taking of Hard Clams 04/14/1995
Crab REGULATION # TITLE EFFECTIVE
Repealed 4 VAC 20-30-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Licensing of Crab Traps and Pounds 07/05/2016

Repealed

4 VAC 20-40-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Crab Catch Limits 04/30/2008

Repealed

4 VAC 20-90-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Dredging for Crabs 04/30/2008
4 VAC 20-140-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Identification and Location of Crab Pots, Peeler Pots, Eel pots and Fish Pots 01/01/2016
4 VAC 20-240-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Tangier Island Crab Scrape Sanctuary 07/01/2018
4 VAC 20-270-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Blue Crab Fishery 07/05/2019
Repealed 4 VAC 20-300-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Crab Catch Limits 11/27/2012
4 VAC 20-370-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Culling of Crabs 06/01/2015
4 VAC 20-460-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Use of Crab Traps and Pounds 07/05/2016
4 VAC 20-700-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Crab Pots 03/01/2009

Repealed

4 VAC 20-750-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Crab Dredge License Sales 04/30/2008
4 VAC 20-752-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Blue Crab Sanctuaries 05/01/2018
4 VAC 20-880-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Hard Crab Pot Limits 06/01/2009
4 VAC 20-1040-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining To Commercial Crab Fishery Licenses 07/05/2019
4 VAC 20-1140-10 ET SEQ. Prohibition of Crab Dredging in Virginia Waters 07/05/2019
Repealed 4 VAC 20-1210-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to a Blue Crab Sanctuary   11/30/2012
4 VAC 20-1310-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Jonah Crab   06/01/2016
Finfish REGULATION # TITLE EFFECTIVE
4 VAC 20-10-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Fishing in Broad & Linkhorn Bays 08/01/1995
4 VAC 20-20-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Licensing of Fixed Fishing Devices 04/01/2015
4 VAC 20-25-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Pound Net Siting Public Interest Review 12/01/2004
4 VAC 20-80-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Setting of Fishing Devices Proximate to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel 07/29/2005
4 VAC 20-170-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Removal of Nets 05/01/2005
4 VAC 20-190-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Measuring Mesh Size of Menhaden Nets 08/01/1995
4 VAC 20-220-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Taking of Finfish by Gill Nets 07/01/1995
Emergency Chapter IMPORTANT NOTE: Provisions of this emergency chapter are in addition to or supersede the restrictions found in the full version of this regulation. Both versions should be considered to correctly interpret the regulation. Click on the links just below to see the provisions of the full regulation. Pertaining to the Taking of Striped Bass 08/27/2019
4 VAC 20-252-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Taking of Striped Bass 05/28/2019
4 VAC 20-280-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Speckled Trout and Red Drum 09/01/2018
4 VAC 20-320-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Taking of Black Drum 09/01/2018
4 VAC 20-350-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Prohibiting the Sale of Billfish 07/01/1995
4 VAC 20-380-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Grey Trout (Weakfish) 09/01/2018
4 VAC 20-420-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Use of Trawls in the Territorial Sea 04/13/1995
4 VAC 20-430-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Marking and Minimum Mesh Size of Gill Nets 01/01/2012
4 VAC 20-450-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Taking of Bluefish 05/01/2019
4 VAC 20-470-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Hampton Roads Management Area 07/01/1995
4 VAC 20-480-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Eastern Shore Bayside Management Areas 07/01/1995
4 VAC 20-490-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Sharks 05/01/2019
4 VAC 20-500-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Catching of Eels 09/01/2018
4 VAC 20-510-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Amberjack and Cobia 04/01/2019
4 VAC 20-530-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to American Shad 03/01/2013
4 VAC 20-540-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Spanish and King Mackerel 09/01/2018
4 VAC 20-550-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Removal of Gill Nets and Other Non-Fixed Finfishing Gear 07/01/1995
4 VAC 20-570-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Use of Firearms to Take Fish 07/01/1995
4 VAC 20-580-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Alteration of Finfish 07/01/1995
4 VAC 20-600-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Pound Net License Sales 06/26/1997
4 VAC 20-620-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Summer Flounder 03/01/2019
4 VAC 20-680-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Gill Nets 04/14/1995
4 VAC 20-740-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Snagging of Fish 04/01/2019
4 VAC 20-751-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Setting and Mesh Size of Gill Nets 09/26/2014
4 VAC 20-755-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Artificial Reefs 09/01/2007
4 VAC 20-910-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Scup (Porgy) 11/02/2018
4 VAC 20-950-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Black Sea Bass 05/01/2019
4 VAC 20-960-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Tautog 09/01/2018
4 VAC 20-970-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Spadefish 01/01/2002
4 VAC 20-995-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Commercial Hook-and-Line Fishing 11/02/2018
4 VAC 20-1070-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Haul Seines 08/28/2009
4 VAC 20-1080-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Monkfish (Goosefish) 05/01/2005
4 VAC 20-1110-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Sheepshead 05/01/2007
4 VAC 20-1120-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Tilefish and Groupers 04/01/2019
4 VAC 20-1180-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Fishing Guides 01/01/2019
4 VAC 20-1190-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Gill Net Control Date, Limited Entry, and Transfers 01/01/2010
4 VAC 20-1220-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Separation Between Nets 09/01/2009
4 VAC 20-1260-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to River Herring 03/29/2012
4 VAC 20-1270-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Atlantic Menhaden   08/01/2017
Habitat REGULATION # TITLE EFFECTIVE
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) Guidance 08/22/2017
Wetlands Guidelines 09/01/1993
4 VAC 20-120-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Promulgation of a Public Notice on Applications to Encroach In, On, or Over Subaqueous Lands of the Commonwealth 11/01/2017
4 VAC 20-333-10 ET SEQ. General Permit VGP #1 for Projects undertaken by the Virginia Department of Transportation In, On or Over State-Owned Subaqueous Lands Anywhere Within the Commonwealth. 07/06/1999
General Permit VGP #2 for groin projects designed to control shoreline erosion, which conforms to certain criteria and are undertaken by riparian owners in, on or over state-owned bottom. 1985
4 VAC 20-335-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to On-Bottom Shellfish Aquaculture Activities 01/01/2016
4 VAC 20-336-10 ET SEQ. General Permit VGP #3 for Noncommercial Riparian Shellfish Growing (I.E. "Gardening") Activities 01/01/1998
4 VAC 20-337-10 ET SEQ Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) Transplantation Guidelines 11/01/2000
4 VAC 20-345-10 ET SEQ. VGP #4 General Wetlands Permit for Emergency Situations 03/01/1998
4 VAC 20-360-10 ET SEQ. Criteria for the Siting of Marinas or Community Facilities for Boat Mooring 06/07/1988
4 VAC 20-390-10 ET SEQ. Wetlands Mitigation-Compensation Policy 07/01/2005
Guidelines for the Establishment, Use and Operation of Tidal Wetland Mitigation Banks in Virginia 01/01/1998
4 VAC 20-395-10 ET SEQ. GENERAL PERMIT #6 FOR Emergency Situations and Water Quality Improvement Projects in non-tidal waterways. 06/30/2009
4 VAC 20-398-10 ET SEQ. Ballast Water Discharge Reporting 11/01/2001
4 VAC 20-400-10 ET SEQ. Criteria for the Placement of Sandy Dredged Material along Beaches in the Commonwealth 08/02/1989
4 VAC 20-440-10 ET SEQ. Coastal Primary Sand Dune / Beaches Guidelines: Barrier Island Policy 10/24/1990
Coastal Primary Sand Dunes Beaches Guidelines 09/01/1993
4 VAC 20-1030-10 ET SEQ. Management Plan for the Ungranted State Lands in Accomack and Northampton Counties 03/15/1999
4 VAC 20-1300-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Living Shoreline Group 1 General Permit for Certain Living Shoreline Treatments Involving Tidal Wetlands 09/01/2015
4 VAC 20-1330-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Living Shoreline Group 2 General Permit for Certain Living Shoreline Treatments Involving Submerged Lands, Tidal Wetlands, or Coastal Primary Sand Dunes and Beaches 11/01/2017
4 VAC 20-1340-10 ET SEQ. Fast-Track Permitting Program For Disposal Of Dredged Material 06/01/2019
Subaqueous Guidelines 11/2005
RESCINDED JULY 6, 2006 Private Pier Guidance Criteria 11/2005
Rent and Royalty Schedule 12/01/2005
Guidance for Civil Charge Assessments Pursant §28.2-1213 Code of Virginia   03/27/2012
Oyster REGULATION # TITLE EFFECTIVE
Repealed 4 VAC 20-200-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Requirements for Reporting Oyster Transactions and Payment of Taxes 07/01/2013
4 VAC 20-260-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Designation of Seed Areas and Clean Cull Areas 12/13/2017
4 VAC 20-290-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Marking of Leased Oyster Planting Ground 01/01/2016
4 VAC 20-650-10 ET SEQ. Establishment of Oyster Sanctuary Areas 10/01/2016
4 VAC 20-720-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Restrictions on Oyster Harvest 10/01/2019
4 VAC 20-1200-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Special Relay Season in the Rappahannock River   04/01/2009
4 VAC 20-1350-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining To General Oyster Planting Ground Lease Renewal Fee  10/01/2019
Shellfish Mix REGULATION # TITLE EFFECTIVE
4 VAC 20-110-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Lobsters 10/01/2015
4 VAC 20-130-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Prohibited Areas for the Use of Patent Tongs 08/01/1995
4 VAC 20-150-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Dredging of Conchs (Also known as Whelks) 01/01/2008
4 VAC 20-310-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Relaying of Shellfish 03/01/2007
4 VAC 20-330-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Taking of Shellfish from Condemned Areas 07/01/1995
4 VAC 20-410-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Use of Patent Tongs 07/01/1995
4 VAC 20-520-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Use of Patent Tongs 07/01/1995
4 VAC 20-890-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Channeled Whelk 04/01/2019
4 VAC 20-900-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Horseshoe Crab 05/01/2016
4 VAC 20-980-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to On-Shore Loading and Unloading of Shellfish from Condemned Areas 05/30/1997
4 VAC 20-1010-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Dredging in Submerged Aquatic Vegetation 01/30/1998
4 VAC 20-1020-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Bay Scallops 02/01/1999
4 VAC 20-1100-10 ET SEQ.   Pertaining to Shellfish Handling 07/01/2006
4 VAC 20-1130-10 ET SEQ. General Permit #4 for Temporary Protective Enclosures for Shellfish 12/01/2007
4 VAC 20-1230-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Restrictions on Shellfish 04/01/2018
4 VAC 20-1250-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Tagging of Shellfish 05/31/2012
4 VAC 20-1290-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Restrictions on the Harvest of Shellfish in Condemned Shellfish Areas 06/01/2015
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