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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

4VAC20-450-30. Commercial landings quota.

A. The commercial landings of bluefish shall be limited to the annual quota pursuant to the joint Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council/Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Bluefish Fishery Management Plan, except as specified in subsection B of this section.

B. If a quota transfer occurs between Virginia and another state participating in the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for bluefish, Virginia's annual quota for the current calendar year shall be limited to the annual quota amount as adjusted for transfers.

C. When it is projected that 95% of the commercial landings quota has been realized, a notice will be posted to close commercial harvest and landings from the bluefish fishery within five days of posting.

D. It shall be unlawful for any person to harvest or land bluefish for commercial purposes after the closure date set forth in the notice described in subsection C of this section.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR450-01-0059 § 3, eff. July 1, 1990; amended, Virginia Register Volume 7, Issue 8, eff. December 1, 1990; Volume 10, Issue 26, eff. September 1, 1994; Volume 11, Issue 17, eff. April 14, 1995; Volume 17, Issue 18, eff. May 1, 2001; Volume 21, Issue 13, eff. February 2, 2005; Volume 22, Issue 20, eff. May 26, 2006; Volume 23, Issue 17, eff. March 30, 2007; Volume 24, Issue 21, eff. June 1, 2008; Volume 25, Issue 21, eff. June 1, 2009; Volume 26, Issue 22, eff. July 1, 2010; Volume 27, Issue 21, eff. June 1, 2011; Volume 28, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2012; Volume 29, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2013; Volume 30, Issue 25, eff. August 1, 2014; Volume 31, Issue 14, eff. February 26, 2015; Volume 33, Issue 2, eff. September 1, 2016; Volume 33, Issue 19, eff. May 1, 2017; Volume 34, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2018; Volume 35, Issue 19, eff. May 1, 2019; Volume 36, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2020; Volume 38, Issue 15, eff. March 1, 2022.

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