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Public Notice: Proposed Amendments to Regulations, October 2007

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission invites public comment, on the proposals listed below. In accordance with 28.2-209 of the Code of Virginia, a public hearing, on the proposals outlined below, will be held at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at the Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia. Written comments on the proposals should be mailed to Jack Travelstead, VMRC Fisheries Management Division, 2600 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Newport News, Virginia 23607, by 5:00 p.m., Monday, October 22, 2007. Copies of the proposed amendments may be reviewed at the Commission Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and may be obtained by calling the Commission at (757) 247-2248.

Regulation 4VAC20-20-10 Et Seq., "Pertaining to the Licensing of Fixed Fishing Devices"

The effects from severe storms during fall 2006 resulted in damages to several pound nets and also prevented the setting and fishing of several licensed pound nets in calendar year 2007. The Commission proposes that current pound net licensees shall not be required to fish their pound nets or establish a complete system of nets and poles, in 2007, in order to renew their licenses or maintain their priority rights to such locations for 2008.

Regulation 4VAC20-910-10 Et Seq., "Pertaining to Scup (Porgy)"

The National Marine Fisheries Service has modified the 2007 Winter II (November 1 through December 31) commercial scup quota. This means the Virginia vessel possession and landing limits during the Winter II period need to be lowered, from the current vessel possession and landing limit of 6,500 pounds to a vessel possession and landing limit of 3,500 pounds.

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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 BRANDY BATTLE (757) 247-2248 NO LATER THAN FIVE WORK DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING DATE AND IDENTIFY YOUR NEEDS.

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