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Public Notice: 1998 The Virginia Recreational Fishing Advisory Board

The Virginia Recreational Fishing Advisory Board invites public comment on the proposed funding of the below listed projects.  These projects are currently being considered for funding from the Saltwater Recreational Fishing License fund.

A public hearing on these projects is scheduled for Monday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News. Any interested person may present testimony.

MULTI-YEAR PROJECTS FOR RENEWAL:

A.  Restoring Seagrass Habitat: Implications for the enhancement of speckled trout. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Robert J. Orth. April-May $18,814.00, June-May (1999) $136,815.00

B.  Development and Support of Facilities to Provide Finfish Ageing for Virginia Catches and Application of Virtual Population Analysis to Provide Management Advice. Old Dominion University, Cynthia Jones; VMRC, Jack Travelstead; $189,890.00

C.  Stock Structure and Age-Specific Migration Patterns of Weakfish along the US Atlantic Coast. Old Dominion University, Simon Thorrold; $132,297.99

D.  A Delineation of Shark Nursery Grounds in Chesapeake Bay and an Assessment of Abundance of Shark Stocks. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, John Musick; $162,982.00

E.  Stock Structure and Essential Habitat of Juvenile Summer Flounder. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, John Musick; $57,388.00

F.  Support Vessel Charter and Diving Services for the Artificial Reef Program. Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Mike Meier; $10,000.00 carry forward.

Q.  Estimation of Prey Consumption by Striped Bass during the Spring Spawning Migration. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Herb Austin; $14,523.00

U.  1998 Children's Fishing Clinic. Denbigh Rotary Club and Coastal Conservation Association, Jim Maddox/Rob Cowling; $5,000.00

V.  Reprint of "Saltwater Angling and Its Economic Importance to Virginia," Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Jack Travelstead; $6,666.00

W.  Recreational Fishing License Data Base, Virginia Marine Resources Commission. Jack Travelstead; $10,000.00

Y.  Virginia Game Fish Tagging Program, VMRC and VIMS, Jon Lucy and Claude Bain; $26,420.00

NEW PROJECTS:

G.  Amory's Wharf Restoration. City of Poquoson. $100,000.00

H.  Saxis Fishing Pier. Town of Saxis. $148,141.00

I.  Wilmont Landing Erosion Control. King George County Department of Parks and Recreation, Jo Turek; $10,000.00

J.  Law Enforcement Vessel for Virginia Marine Patrol. Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Col. Steven Bowman; $80,600.

K.  Sport Utility 4-Wheel Drive Vehicle for Law Enforcement Use. Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Col. Steven Bowman; $26,600.00

L.  Saltwater Fishing Tournaments-Promotion in the 11 counties of Virginia's Chesapeake Bay Region. Virginia's River Country, Neal Barber; $12,000.00

M.  Interactive Fish Shapes Exhibit at the Virginia Marine Science Museum. Virginia Marine Science Museum Foundation, Inc., Maylon White, Jr.; $79,032.00

N.  Spawning of Red Drum in Chesapeake Bay and Virginia's Seaside Inlets. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, John Olney; $51,144.00

O.  Evaluation of Opercular Bones to Determine Age to Support Development of Innovative, Recreation-Friendly Option to Manage Important Fishes in the Chesapeake Bay Region. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Mark Chittenden; $58,401.

P.  Etiology, Pathology and Distribution of Skin Ulcers in Striped Bass from Virginia Waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Wolfgang Vogelbein. $66,149.00

R.  Assessment of Tautog Movement at Established Fishing Sites in Lower Chesapeake Bay. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Jon Lucy; $94,591.00

S.  Management Options for the Cobia Fishery in Chesapeake Bay: Size Regulations and Fishing Effort. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, John Olney and John Hoenig. $88,758.00

T.  Life History of the Spadefish from the Chesapeake Bay and Nearshore Virginia Waters: Age and Growth, Feeding, and Reproduction. Hampton University, Deborah Bodolus; Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Herb Austin and Donald Seaver; $52,344.00

X.  Replacement of Buoys and Tackle for Virginia's Artificial Reef Program, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Mike Meier; $15,150.00

Z.  The Relationship of Bioacoustics to Stock Assessment in Sciaenid Fishes, Virginia Commonwealth University, Michael L. Fine; $65,093.00

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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 (757) 247-2248 NO LESS THAN FIVE WORK DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING TIME AND IDENTIFY YOUR NEEDS.

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