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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
Chapter 1180. Pertaining to Fishing Guides
4/4/2020

4VAC20-1180-40. Limited Sale of the Class A Fishing Guide License and Conditional Sale of the Class B Fishing Guide License.

The commissioner has determined that the requirements for the fishing guide license in Maryland are substantially similar and reciprocal with the Class A fishing guide license, and the following provisions and qualifications shall define the administration of the Class A fishing guide license:

1. It shall be unlawful for any person to serve as the captain of a charter boat or head boat without first qualifying for and obtaining a Class A or Class B fishing guide license or a fishing guide reciprocity permit.

2. An applicant shall be considered qualified for the Class A fishing guide license once that applicant satisfies the following conditions:

a. The applicant shall be licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard to carry passengers for hire and shall include a copy of his current U.S. Coast Guard license with the application.

b. The applicant shall have purchased, as the licensee, a 2008 Virginia charter boat or head boat license before June 25, 2008, or shall have purchased, as the licensee, Virginia charter boat or head boat licenses in 2006 and 2007.

3. A Class A fishing guide licensee shall be required to purchase a Class A fishing guide license annually to maintain his eligibility to purchase a Class A fishing guide license for the following year.

4. The number of Class A fishing guide licenses sold in any one year shall not exceed 240 for residents of Virginia and 38 for nonresidents, which are the numbers of persons meeting the qualifications specified in subdivision 2 b of this section.

5. An applicant shall be considered qualified for the Class B fishing guide license once he provides documentation that he is licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard to carry passengers for hire and can provide a copy of his current U.S. Coast Guard license with the application.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 25, Issue 09, eff. December 22, 2008; amended, Virginia Register Volume 35, Issue 09, eff. January 1, 2019.

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