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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
Chapter 450. Pertaining to the Taking of Bluefish
4/3/2020

4VAC20-450-20. Bluefish Possession Limits.

A. It shall be unlawful for any person fishing recreationally to harvest or possess more than three bluefish, except as described in subsection B of this section. Any bluefish taken after the possession limit has been reached shall be returned to the water immediately.

B. It shall be unlawful for any person fishing from a charter or for-hire vessel to harvest or possess more than five bluefish. Any bluefish taken after the possession limit has been reached shall be returned to the water immediately.

C. When fishing from a boat or vessel where the entire catch is held in a common hold or container, the possession limit shall be for the boat or vessel and shall be equal to the number of persons on board who are legally eligible to fish multiplied by the personal possession limits as described in subsections A and B of this section. The captain or operator of the boat or vessel shall be responsible for any boat or vessel possession limit.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR450-01-0059 § 2, eff. July 1, 1990; amended, Volume 07, Issue 08, eff. December 1, 1990; Volume 10, Issue 26, eff. September 1, 1994; Volume 11, Issue 17, eff. April 14, 1995; Volume 14, Issue 03, eff. October 1, 1997; Volume 30, Issue 25, eff. August 1, 2014; Volume 36, Issue 15, eff. March 1, 2020.

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