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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation And Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
Chapter 1180. Pertaining to Fishing Guides, Charter Boat, and Head Boat Fisheries
7/23/2024

4VAC20-1180-40. Limited sale of the Class A fishing guide license and conditional sale of the Class B fishing guide license.

A. To obtain a Class A guide license the applicant shall submit to the Marine Resources Commission a For-Hire Application and a copy of the applicant's valid U.S. Coast Guard license.

1. A Class A fishing guide licensee shall be required to purchase a Class A fishing guide license annually to maintain eligibility to purchase a Class A fishing guide license for the following year. If a Class A fishing guide license is not purchased annually, then the applicant shall reapply using a New Class A Fishing Guide License Applicant Form.

2. 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

3. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available licenses in any calendar year, those applicants shall be placed on a wait list. If there are any vacant licenses due to loss of eligibility, those licenses shall be filled by persons from the wait list in the order of listing. If the person from the wait list fails to purchase the Class A fishing guide license within 14 days, the applicant forfeits eligibility for the current calendar year, and the next person shall be selected from the wait list.

B. To obtain a Class B guide license the applicant shall submit to the Marine Resources Commission a For-Hire Application and a copy of the applicant's valid U.S. Coast Guard license.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 9, eff. December 22, 2008; amended, Virginia Register Volume 35, Issue 9, eff. January 1, 2019; Volume 38, Issue 15, eff. March 1, 2022.

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