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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
Chapter 1070. Pertaining to Haul Seines
7/6/2020

4VAC20-1070-30. Gear Restrictions; Exemptions; Application Process.

A. It shall be unlawful for any person to place or set in the water, encircle or enclose any haul seine that exceeds 1,000 yards in length.

B. It shall be unlawful for any person to tie together, set or fish two or more haul seines with a combined total length of netting that exceeds 1,000 yards.

C. It shall be unlawful for any person to tow or drag a haul seine by two vessels so that it operates as a long haul seine. When setting a haul seine with more than one vessel, it shall be unlawful for any person to tow or drag a haul seine more than a distance of 1.0 nautical miles from the point of its deployment in an open configuration through the water.

D. It shall be unlawful for any person to use more than one vessel to move either end of a haul seine net or nets.

E. It shall be unlawful for any person to remove fish or other catch from the pocket when the pocket is located in waters that are less than three feet in depth, except as described in subsection F of this section. Measurement of the depth of water containing the pocket may be taken within the pocket or within a distance of 15 feet from the pocket, using a pole-type measuring device graduated into one-foot intervals of measurement.

F. It shall be lawful for any person to remove fish or other catch from the pocket when the pocket is located in waters that are less than three feet, provided that:

1. The area where the pocket is to be established, as well as any area within 15 feet of the pocket, are devoid of submerged aquatic vegetation;

2. Establishing the pocket and removing fish or catch from the pocket is accomplished without the use of a boat or vessel; and

3. The haul seine licensee has received permission from the commissioner or his designee to establish the pocket, at the site requested by the haul seine licensee, after that licensee has notified the commissioner or his designee, in writing, and described the haul seine operation and location of the haul seine area.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 19, Issue 25, eff. August 1, 2003; amended, Virginia Register Volume 26, Issue 01, eff. August 28, 2009.

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