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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation And Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
Chapter 110. Pertaining to Lobsters

4VAC20-110-55. Gear requirements.

A. All lobster traps not constructed entirely of wood (excluding heading or parlor twine and the escape vent) shall contain a ghost panel that complies with subdivisions 1 through 4 of this subsection.

1. The rectangular ghost panel shall not be less than 3-3/4 inches (9.53 cm) by 3-3/4 inches (9.53 cm).

2. The ghost panel shall be constructed of or fastened to the trap with one of the following untreated materials: wood lath; cotton; hemp; sisal or jute twine not greater than 3/16 inch (0.48 cm) in diameter; or nonstainless, uncoated ferrous metal not greater than 3/32 inch (0.24 cm) in diameter.

3. The door of the trap may serve as the ghost panel if fastened with a material specified in subdivision 2 of this subsection.

4. The ghost panel shall be located in the outer parlor of the trap and not the bottom of the trap.

B. All lobster traps shall have one rectangular escape vent with minimum measurements of two inches (5.08 cm) by 5-3/4 inches (14.61 cm) or two circular escape vents at 2-5/8 inches (7.20 cm).

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 17, Issue 5, eff. October 30, 2000; amended, Virginia Register Volume 36, Issue 15, eff. March 1, 2020.

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