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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
Chapter 1270. Pertaining to Atlantic Menhaden
8/4/2020

4VAC20-1270-20. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context indicates otherwise:

"Atlantic menhaden" or "menhaden" means any fish of the species Brevoortia tyrannus.

"Bay Cap" means the annual total allowable commercial landings by volume (pounds or metric tons) from the Chesapeake Bay by the purse seine menhaden reduction sector.

"Chesapeake Bay" means the territorial waters of Virginia lying west of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

"Non-purse seine menhaden bait sector" means those vessels that do not utilize a purse seine net to harvest menhaden and land menhaden only for use as bait in other fisheries.

"Purse seine menhaden bait sector" means those vessels that utilize a purse seine net to land menhaden only for use as bait in other fisheries.

"Purse seine menhaden reduction sector" means those vessels that utilize a purse seine net to land menhaden only at a qualified menhaden processing factory.

"Qualified menhaden processing factory" means a facility located in Virginia that has processed at least 100,000 metric tons of menhaden in each of the years 2009, 2010, and 2011.

"Stationary multi-species gear" means pound nets, anchored or staked gill nets, fishing weirs, floating fish traps, and fyke nets.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 29, Issue 17, eff. April 1, 2013; amended, Virginia Register Volume 36, Issue 19, eff. May 1, 2020.

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