4 Va. Admin. Code § 20-252-135 - Gill net mesh size and tending restrictions: exemptions

Current through Register Vol.. 38, No. 17, April 11, 2022

A. Any registered commercial fisherman who is harvesting striped bass from the coastal area in accordance with 4VAC20-252-130 A and C and sets or fishes any gill net in the coastal area shall be prohibited from using a gill net mesh size greater than nine inches in stretched mesh.
B. Any registered commercial fisherman who is harvesting striped bass from the coastal area in accordance with 4VAC20-252-130 A and C and sets or fishes any gill net in the coastal area shall be exempt from the maximum gill net mesh size requirements during November and December as described in 4VAC20-430-65 A and B.
C. Any registered commercial fisherman who is harvesting striped bass from the coastal area in accordance with 4VAC20-252-130 A and C and sets or fishes any gill net seven inches or greater in stretched mesh in the coastal area shall be exempt from the tending requirements described in 4VAC20-430-65 E and F during the months of November and December.
D. Any registered commercial fisherman who is harvesting striped bass from the coastal area in accordance with 4VAC20-252-130 A and C shall display an optic yellow flag issued by the commission while fishing for striped bass in the coastal area and while transiting the coastal area before and after a striped bass fishing trip. This flag shall be prominently displayed on the starboard side of the vessel.
E. Any registered commercial fisherman who is harvesting striped bass from the Chesapeake Bay area in accordance with 4VAC20-252-130 A and C and sets or fishes any gill net in the Chesapeake Bay area shall be prohibited from using a gill net greater than seven inches in stretched mesh with the exception of restricted areas as defined in 4VAC20-751-20.

Notes

4 Va. Admin. Code § 20-252-135
Derived from Virginia Register Volume 21, Issue 18, eff. May 1, 2005; amended, Virginia Register Volume 22, Issue 7, eff. November 14, 2005; Volume 23, Issue 8, eff. January 1, 2007; Volume 26, Issue 1, eff. September 1, 2009; Amended, Virginia Register Volume 36, Issue 04, eff. 9/25/2019; Amended, Virginia Register Volume 37, Issue 19, eff. 5/1/2021.

Statutory Authority: § 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

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