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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 15. Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Chapter 320. Fish: Fishing Generally
1/25/2020

4VAC15-320-160. Altering of Game Fish in Possession Prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person while fishing to remove the head or tail or otherwise change the appearance of any game fish (except bluegill sunfish and bream of the sunfish family) having a daily creel or size limit so as to obscure its species or render it impracticable to measure its total original length or count the number of such fish in possession. In addition, it shall be unlawful for any person to possess or transport such altered game fish while on the water. However, the prohibition against possession and transportation in the previous sentence shall not apply to the preparations of lawfully obtained fish for immediate use as food or any lawful commercial use of such fish.

Statutory Authority

§§ 29.1-501 and 29.1-502 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 15, Issue 05, eff. January 1, 1999.

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