Current through Register Vol.. 38, No. 17, April 11, 2022
A. It shall be
unlawful for any individual to harvest any fish immobilized by commercial
electrofishing gear without possessing a Commercial Fisherman Registration
License and Fish Dip Net License or a Commercial Electrofishing
It shall be unlawful
for any individual in the commercial electrofishing fishery to:
1. Take, harvest, or possess any species
other than blue catfish or flathead catfish.
2. Take, harvest, or possess any blue catfish
greater than 25 inches in total length, except that up to 12 blue catfish per
trip may be between 25 and 28 inches in total length.
It shall be unlawful for any individual
licensed under the provisions of 4VAC20-1360-30
1. Fail to be onboard the electrofishing
vessel when conducting commercial electrofishing.
2. Conduct commercial electrofishing from
October 16 through April 30.
Conduct commercial electrofishing between 11:59 a.m. Friday and 12:01 a.m.
4. Conduct commercial
electrofishing within 100 yards of any marked commercial fishing
5. Conduct commercial
electrofishing within the week prior to or during any local sampling conducted
by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The dates and
locations of such sampling will be provided to licensees.
6. Fail to contact the Virginia Marine
Resources Commission Operations Station toll free line at 1-800-541-4646 when
intending to conduct commercial electrofishing within the following 24-hour
period to report the specific location and estimated time of fishing.
7. Conduct commercial electrofishing in
Virginia waters except in the harvest area specified on the individual's
Commercial Electrofishing License.
8. Conduct commercial electrofishing within
100 yards of any public boat ramp, fishing pier, or where people are in the
water, including such activities as swimming and diving.