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Publice Notice: Pertaining to Sharks 2003

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission invites public comment on proposed amendments to Regulation 4 VAC 20-490-10 ET. SEQ., "Pertaining to Sharks."

In accordance with 28.2-209 of the Code of Virginia, a public hearing on these proposals will be held at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at the office of the Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, 4th Floor, Newport News, Virginia. Any interested person may offer testimony.  For additional information, or to submit written comments, please contact Jack Travelstead, VMRC Fisheries Management Division, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia, 23607, prior to 12:00 noon on Monday, May 26, 2003.

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS:

I.          Regulation 4 VAC 20-490-10 ET. SEQ., "Pertaining to Sharks."

A) Establish a possession limit for Spiny Dogfish of up to 7,000 pounds.

B) Eliminate the finning of Spiny Dogfish.

C) Prohibit the possession of Spiny Dogfish harvested from state waters for commercial purposes after it has been announced that the Interstate quota for spiny dogfish has been taken.

D) Require all Spiny Dogfish caught from state or federal waters for commercial purposes be sold to a federally permitted dealer.

VMRC DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES. IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF A REASONABLE ACCOMODATION DUE TO A DISABILITY, PLEASE ADVISE DEBORAH CAWTHON (757) 247 - 2248 NO LESS THAN FIVE WORK DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING TIME AND IDENTIFY YOUR NEED.


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