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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
Chapter 510. Pertaining to Amberjack and Cobia
3/29/2020

4VAC20-510-15. Recreational Cobia Permit and Mandatory Reporting.

A. It shall be unlawful for any person to possess or land any cobia harvested from a recreational vessel unless the captain or operator of that recreational vessel has obtained a Recreational Cobia Permit from the Marine Resources Commission (commission). The captain or operator shall be responsible for reporting for all anglers on the recreational vessel and shall provide his Marine Resources Commission identification (MRC ID) number, the date of harvest, the number of individuals on board, the mode of fishing, and the number of cobia kept or released.

B. It shall be unlawful for any person to possess or land any cobia harvested recreationally from shore, a pier, or any other man-made structure without first having obtained a Recreational Cobia Permit from the Marine Resources Commission. Any such permittee shall provide his MRC ID number, the date of harvest, the mode of fishing, and the number of cobia kept or released on that report to the commission.

C. It shall be unlawful for any permittee to fail to report trips where cobia are caught, whether harvested, released, or possessed in accordance with this section on forms provided by the commission within seven days after the trip occurred. It shall be unlawful for any permittee to fail to report trips where cobia were targeted but not successfully caught, by the 21st day after the close of any recreational cobia fishery season.

1. Any permittee who did not participate in the recreational cobia season shall notify the commission of his lack of participation by the 21st day after the close of the recreational cobia season on forms provided by the commission or through the Virginia Saltwater Fisherman's Journal.

2. Following the 21st day after the close of any recreational cobia season, any permittee who failed to report, whether there was harvest or no activity during that season, shall be ineligible to receive a Recreational Cobia Permit for the following cobia season but shall be eligible to reapply for that permit in subsequent years.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 33, Issue 10, eff. January 1, 2017; amended, Virginia Register Volume 33, Issue 17, eff. April 1, 2017; Volume 35, Issue 17, eff. April 1, 2019.

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