Current through Register Vol.. 38, No. 17, April 11, 2022
shall be unlawful for any person to possess channeled whelk harvested from
Virginia waters by any means other than by hand, licensed conch dredge,
licensed crab dredge, or licensed channeled whelk pot, except as described in
B. Except as provided in subsection C of this
section, it shall be unlawful for any person to place, set, or fish, or attempt
to place, set, or fish any channeled whelk pot that does not contain a bait
C. Any person not utilizing
horseshoe crabs as bait for channeled whelk shall be exempt from the provisions
of subsection B of this section, provided that the possession of any quantity
of horseshoe crabs on board the vessel of such person shall constitute prima
facie evidence of a violation of this chapter. Further, the presence of any
quantity of horseshoe crab in any channeled whelk pot not equipped with a bait
bag shall constitute prima facie evidence of a violation of this
D. It shall be unlawful
for any person to place, set, or fish or attempt to place, set, or fish any
channeled whelk pot that exclusively contains more than either one-half of a
female horseshoe crab or one male horseshoe crab, in whole or in
E. It shall be unlawful for
any person to land, attempt to land, or possess channeled whelk that were
harvested by pots that do not meet the provisions of this chapter.
4 Va. Admin.
Derived from Virginia
Register Volume 12, Issue 18, eff. April 30, 1996; amended, Virginia Register
Volume 16, Issue 25, eff. October 1, 2000; Volume 23, Issue 19, eff. July 1,
Register Volume 35, Issue 17, eff.
Statutory Authority: §
of the Code of Virginia.