October 29, 2007: The Commission is hosting the International Submerged
Lands Conference in Williamsburg during the week of October 29th.
October 23, 2007: The Virginia Marine Resources Commission voted to lower the per-trip possession limit on Scup and to hold a public hearing on extending the moratorium on blue crab licenses. <More>
October 22, 2007: The annual meeting of the Tournament Committee of the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament will be held Monday, October 22nd at Marina Shores in Virginia Beach. The meeting is scheduled to start at 6:45 pm in the Pool Lounge. <More>
October 12, 2007: The federal government is moving forward with plans mandated by Congress to overhaul its data collection systems for marine recreational fisheries by 2009. The NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology has created a web site that summarizes the joint State and Federal efforts to redesign the program (website). A significant component of the anticipated survey design changes call for the creation of a national registry of marine anglers by 2009 based on accepted State licensing programs or a new federal fishing permit. The new registry will be used to create improved surveys of anglers, as such it needs be a comprehensive, up to date listing of all active marine anglers. Click here for a FAQ that explains some of the details of the proposed registry.
September 25, 2007: A one-fish limit on striped bass will be in
force this fall for part of the rockfish season, the Virginia Marine Resources
Commission has decided. The decision was necessary because federal fish-catch
data showed recreational anglers significantly exceeded a quota on catches last
year. In other action, the board opened the Rappahannock River to oystering in
October for the first time in 18 years. <More>
September 14, 2007: The "Big Boy'' of the Bay wasn't exactly the old man of the sea. The age of the record-setting monster Atlantic Croaker caught several weeks ago has been scientifically determined. <More>
September 7, 2007: Cast your vote for one of three proposed conservation options being considered by the Commission to reduce recreational harvest of Striped Bass. To vote, you must register with the VA Saltwater Journal. Once logged in, you can cast your vote and let your opinion be heard. <More>
July 25, 2007: In a special meeting held today, The Commission
voted 4-3 to overturn the May 21, 2007 decision of the Virginia Beach Wetlands
Board regarding Sandler at Indigo Bay, LLC, #06-2601. <More>
July 24, 2007: The Commission approved spending $400,000 to deploy a large quantity of donated concrete pipes to replenish the State's artificial reefs. They also agreed to hold a public hearing at the August 28 meeting to restrict additional reef sites to recreational fishing only. <More>
July 23 - 28, 2007: In accordance with regulation 4 VAC 20-620-70, it shall be unlawful for any person fishing recreationally to take, catch, or possess any Summer Flounder on July 23 through July 28.
July 18, 2007: A 63-pound, 1-ounce king mackerel caught on July 14th by Susan M. Smith of Virginia Beach has been certified as the new Virginia state record for the species by the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament. <More>
July 17, 2007: The Virginia Marine Resources Commission wants to know about the saltwater fish you caught and if you threw it back or took it home for dinner. How big was it? What species was it? Where did you catch it? This self-reported catch-and-release information will be posted on-line, giving the recreational angler a broader picture of what everyone else is catching -- and where. The voluntary on-line reporting system is called the "Saltwater Fisherman’s Journal," and it opened for business today at www.vasaltwaterjournal.com. <More>
July 3, 2007: Governor Timothy M. Kaine today announced Ernest Bowden of Accomack County, and John T. Holland of Northampton, are reappointed to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.
July 1, 2007: The Gloucester Law Enforcement Office (Middle Area) is moving this week to their new location in the Towne and Country Shopping Center in Gloucester, Virginia.
June 28, 2007: The Virginia Marine Resources Commission wants your fish carcasses. You catch it, you fillet it, but instead of throwing the remains in the trash, please donate them to science. <More>
June 26, 2007: The Commission levied a $100,000 civil charge against a developer whose heavy equipment seriously damaged a state-owned creek bed while improperly mowing acres of environmentally sensitive wetlands in Isle of Wight County. It was the highest penalty ever assessed by the board, in what Commission Chairman Steve Bowman called an "egregious'' violation. The developer agreed to pay the money. <More>
June 25, 2007: Richard B. "Rick" Robins Jr., a Virginia Marine Resources Commission board member since 2004, has been named to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. The council is responsible for managing fisheries in federal waters off the Mid-Atlantic states and is charged with preventing overfishing of commercially and recreationally significant species while allowing the optimum yield for the fishing industry. "I look forward to serving the Commonwealth at the federal level on important fisheries issues," he said. Mr. Robins will serve a three-year term on the council, which consists of 21 voting and four non-voting members. He will be a voting member. He lives in Suffolk and is a lifelong recreational angler and avid offshore tournament fisherman. He manages Chesapeake Bay Packing in Newport News, and owns Bernie's Conchs, a conch processing company on the Eastern Shore. Mr. Robins was appointed to the VMRC board in 2004 by then-Gov. Mark Warner.
June 22, 2007: Bob Manus of Ark, VA has established a new state record for snowy grouper with a 65-lb., 8-oz. fish caught June 10th <More>. A 14-pound spadefish caught on June 7th by Mark Ottarson of North, VA has been certified as tying the Virginia state record by the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament <More>.
June 18, 2007: Governor Timothy M. Kaine today announced 15
grants totaling $6.2 million dollars awarded by the Virginia Land Conservation
Foundation (VLCF), a state land conservation board. <More>
In April 2006 Governor Kaine stated that it will
be the goal of his administration to permanently protect 400,000 acres of land.
Among the many benefits of this goal are preserving water quality, providing
additional opportunities for recreation, and preserving wildlife habitat and
historic landscapes. Click
here to learn more about the Commonwealth's land conservation programs.
June 14, 2007: They’re sleek, new and fast. The Commission has bought three new boats with federal funds, and will soon have them patrolling the Atlantic Ocean, the
May 22, 2007: The Commission heard six habitat cases, including an
expansion to Sunset Bay Marina in Chincoteague that was approved and a case of
large scale marsh disruption on Lawnes Creek where significant fines are being
considered. An artificial reef was approved for the Bluefish Rock area and
an oyster artificial reef to be built with low profile reef balls
constructed by school kids was approved. Regulatory changes related to
weakfish and warm water oyster harvest were adopted. An Emergency
Regulation revision related to nomenclature for the recently adopted tilefish
and grouper regulation was passed. <More>
May 11, 2007: VSWFT certifies state records for snowy grouper and golden tilefish. A "deep-drop" bottom fishing trip on April 29th produced the initial state records for both snowy grouper and golden tilefish. <More>
May 9, 2007: Commissioner Bowman has designated June 1, 2, and 3 as Free Fishing Days in Virginia marine waters. Citizens and visitors are encouraged to get out and fish ! <More>