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Public Notice:  Proposed Regulations, September 2015

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission invites public comment on the establishment of amendments to regulations, as proposed below. By September 4, 2015, the proposed draft regulations may be viewed at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia.

In accordance with Section 28.2-209 of the Code of Virginia, a public hearing on the proposed regulations will be held no earlier than 12:00 noon, on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia. Public comments on the proposals should be provided to Robert L. O’Reilly, VMRC Fisheries Management Division, 2600 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Newport News, Virginia 23607, by 12:00 p.m., Monday, September 21, 2015.

I. Chapter 4 VAC 20-720-10 et seq., “Pertaining to Restrictions on Oyster Harvest”

The Commission shall consider the following proposal for the 2015-2016 public oyster harvest season for two areas in the Pocomoke Sound west of Saxis, Virginia, whereby the lawful seasons and areas for the harvest of oysters by hand scrape from the public oyster grounds are as follows:

1) Pocomoke Sound, Public Ground Number 9: November 16, 2015 through November 27, 2015, and,

2) Pocomoke Sound, Public Ground Number 10: November 30, 2015 through December 11, 2015.

The purpose of these amendments is to promote efficient utilization of oyster resources.

II. Chapter 4 VAC 20-110-10 et seq., “Pertaining to Lobsters”

The Commission proposes to amend Chapter 4 VAC 20-110-10 et seq. to establish a permit for incidental harvest of lobsters in state waters, in accordance with amendments to the fishery management plan for American lobster, established by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

The purpose of this amendment is to comply with interstate fishery management plan for American lobster.

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VMRC DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES; THEREFORE, IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS DUE TO DISABILITIES, PLEASE ADVISE JANE MCCROSKEY AT (757) 247-2215, NO LATER THAN FIVE WORK DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING DATE AND IDENTIFY YOUR NEEDS.



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