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Public Notice: Pertaining to Spadefish

NOTICE

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission invites public comment on proposed amendments to Regulation 4 VAC 20-970-10 Et Seq. "Pertaining to Spadefish." A summary of the proposed amendments are presented below.

In accordance with §28.2-209 of the Code of Virginia, a public hearing on the adoption of the proposed regulation will be held at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, June 24, 1997 at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia. Written comments on these proposals should be mailed to Jack Travelstead, VMRC Fisheries Management Division, P. O. Box 756, Newport News, VA 23607. A copy of the proposed regulation may be reviewed at the Commission during Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Persons interested in obtaining a copy of the proposed regulation may call the Commission at (757) 247-2248.

Summary of Proposed Amendments:

Purpose:  The purpose of the proposed amendments is to promote conservation of the spadefish resource by reducing the possibilities for the commercial hook-and-line fishery to contribute to an overfishing of the spadefish resource. The Commission proposes to limit the harvest of spadefish by commercial hook and line, by implementing one or more of the following measures: minimum possession size limits, possession limits, harvest quotas.

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VMRC DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES; THEREFORE, IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS DUE TO A DISABILITY, PLEASE ADVISE DEBORAH CAWTHON (247-2248) NO LESS THAN FIVE WORK DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING TIME AND IDENTIFY YOUR NEEDS.

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